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The Technical Writer Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides you with the skills and training needed for a career in technical communication. Throughout this one-year program, you create different types of workplace documents to help users enjoy all features of a product, service or information. In particular, you learn to:... (read more)
Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with virtual learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Cooperative Education and Job Readiness
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Technical Writing I
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Emerging Trends in Technical Communication
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Designing VIsual Information
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Information Planning and Management
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Developing Technical Documentation
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Online Help Authoring
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Technical Writing II
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Usability and UX
User experience (UX) plays a critical role in making our physical and digital lives frictionless and enjoyable. Students integrate principle... + Read More
Web-Based Tools and Technologies
Technical communicators must be aware of the latest tools in order to be effective in the workplace. Students learn current tools and techno... + Read More
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Instructional Design and the Technical Communicator
The job of a technical communicator often involves creating training materials. Students learn how to analyze, design, develop, implement a... + Read More
Work Term I
Students complete a paid full-time work term with an employer off campus. The placement is monitored by the College and assignments, includi... + Read More
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Dr. Jordan Berard holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Ottawa. He specializes in representations of trauma and persecution (particularly the Holocaust) in works of Canadian literature, film, and art.
Dr. Berard is the current President of the College Association for Language and Literacy (CALL) and has been a member of the CALL Board of Directors since 2018.
While working on his Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Berard began to teach applied communications courses to students in trades and technology programs at Algonquin College. He was hired to teach full-time at the college in 2015 and has taught in the Technical Writer program since 2019. He is the current Coordinator and Academic Advisor for the on-campus Technical Writer program and can be reached at [email protected] .
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This eight-month graduate certificate program offers practical experience for a career in technical, scientific, and computer-related communication. Today’s technical communicators are professionals who create technical content, develop user assistance, design websites, design and deliver corporate training, explain computers and technology to users, create multimedia materials, and develop support systems for consumer products.
You will learn technical writing and editing, graphic and web design, user experience, content strategy, and instructional design. Courses cover the skills necessary to adapt to emerging technologies and launch your career as a professional immediately upon completing the program. You will gain hands-on experience through optional work placement under an employer committed to helping you meet your learning goals.
This program has a bring your own device policy . All students will be required to have their own Windows-based laptop.
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Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.
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This course teaches the fundamental techniques that all successful technical writers use. Learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language. Discover the secrets of successful technical writers, including technical writing conventions, interviewing skills, desktop publishing and formatting techniques, key tips for developing graphics and templates, documentation management, and how to publish documents both on paper and electronically.
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These 6-week online courses are designed for working professionals and those seeking personal advancement. From the start date, students have access to their courses 24/7. There are no live lectures or specific days and times students must be logged in. Each Wednesday and Friday, the instructor releases a lesson, for a total of 12. There is a 2-week period at the end of the course to complete the final exam.
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Technical Writing Course
- Duration: 4 days
- Language: English
- 23 NASBA CPE Credits (live, in-class training only)
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- Level: Foundation
The Technical Writing Course is designed to help individuals improve their writing skills in the technical field, including technical communication. The course covers techniques for planning, writing, and editing technical documents and emphasizes identifying the target audience, selecting appropriate document formats, and using visuals and graphics effectively.
Participants will learn how to convey complex subject matter clearly and accurately and create informative content that their readers will understand and use. The course is available in both in-person and online delivery methods and includes an end-of-course exam to test knowledge.
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In this course, you will learn how to:
- Write effective technical documents, manuals, and white papers.
- Assess your audience and develop documents to meet their needs.
- Explain information clearly and accurately.
- Use diagrams, tables, charts, and other graphical tools effectively.
- Create informative content that your readers will understand and use.
- Test your knowledge in the included end-of-course exam.
- Leverage continued support with after-course one-on-one instructor coaching and computing sandbox.
Technical Writing Course Outline
Module 1: introduction to technical writing.
In this module, you will learn how to:
- Effectively communicate technical information
- Manage common writing problems
Module 2: The Writing Process
- Eliminate misconceptions that stall technical writing, such as writer’s block
- Drive your document design with scenarios
- Align your goals with the readers’ goals
- Identify implied knowledge
Module 3: Ensuring Clarity and Readability
In this module, you will learn how to:
- Differentiate between the three levels of information: operational, tactical, and strategic
- Determine information needs with the Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA) loop
- Create sentences with clarity and build clarity through sentence focus
- Solve common grammar problems in technical writing
- Evaluate readability using the Given/New technique
- Ensure consistency with a style guide
Module 4: The Mechanics of Writing
- Select the appropriate words to connect with your audience and convey your message
- Edit for conciseness, accuracy, and quality
Module 5: Structuring Information for Better Understanding
- Organize data to support readers' scenarios
- Determine when to use a list to highlight points
- Use tables for highly structured data
- Build cohesive documents with the Given/New approach
- Apply useful headings to support skimming
Module 6: Designing Your Document
- Relate document structure to the audience with audience-driven document design
- Develop reference manuals and write white papers
- Differentiate between post-positive and pragmatic documents and implement the appropriate document format
- Structure introductions, conclusions, and other document sections
Module 7: Developing the Look of Your Document
- Design the appearance of your page, including fonts, alignment, and white space
- Convey information with graphics, photos, and drawings
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Technical Writing Course FAQs
What will i learn in the technical writing course.
In this course, you will learn how to improve your writing skills in the technical field, specifically in technical communication. You will learn how to write effective technical documents, manuals, and white papers, and tailor them to meet the needs of your target audience.
The course provides an online course option and covers techniques for using diagrams, tables, charts, and negative space to create informative content. The course also includes case studies and an end-of-course exam to test your knowledge.
Can I learn the Introduction to Technical Writing Training online?
Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want, including online training.
Can I earn Professional Development Units for the Introduction to Technical Writing Training course?
Yes, you can receive PDUs from the Technical Writing Training course.
To find out how many PDUs you can receive, check out the PMI Q&A List ›
How can the Technical Writing Course help technical writers?
The Technical Writing Course provides a solution to a problem often faced by technical writers: conveying complicated information to a target audience. Through this course, you will learn how to communicate technical information clearly and accurately, improving your technical writing skills.
Can the Technical Writing Course be of value to businesses looking to improve their writing skills?
Yes! The course focuses on writing in the technical field, providing valuable techniques for writing effective technical documents, manuals, and white papers. This can be a valuable solution for businesses looking to improve their technical communication with potential customers.
How can the Technical Writing Course help those looking to write a white paper?
The Technical Writing Course covers a range of topics related to writing effective technical documents, including white papers. You will learn how to write white papers that clearly and accurately explain technical subject matter to your target audience.
Can the Technical Writing Course be helpful for those writing about specific products or services?
Yes! The course is designed to improve technical writing skills, including the ability to communicate technical information related to specific products or services. This can be useful for anyone who needs to convey technical information to potential customers.
Can the Technical Writing Course be useful for those in non-technical fields looking to improve their business writing skills?
While the course provides valuable tools for organizing information, communicating effectively with a target audience, and conveying complex subject matter, we would recommend Learning Tree course 219, Introduction to Business and Report Writing Training , for non-technical business writing.
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Technical and professional writers put scientific and technical information into easily understandable language. They prepare scientific and technical reports, operating and maintenance manuals, catalogues, assembly instructions, sales promotion materials and project proposals. They also plan and edit technical reports and oversee preparation of illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and charts. They impart research findings for scientific or medical professions, organize information for advertising or public relations needs, and interpret data and other information for a general readership.
Glendon's Certificate in Technical & Professional Communication teaches people to transform information into words that others can understand. You will develop a clear understanding of what helps and what interferes with communication.
The certificate program is offered on a part-time basis and all courses are offered in the evening, so you can work while completing the certificate. The certificate takes two years of part-time studies to complete.
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- If you are a current York student, contact the Technical & Professional Communication program in the School of Translation to find out about admissibility requirements and the application process.
- If you are a new applicant to York and already have a university degree in a related discipline or recent work experience in an administrative or a technical field which requires writing, you must ensure first that you meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University by applying through the Office of Admissions. You would then also make a separate enquiry to the Technical & Professional Communication program, as noted in item 1 above.
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0103 - Fundamentals of Technical Writing
Course Details Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. This course will teach you the skills you need to succeed as a technical writer. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, and how to become a wizard at marrying the art of publishing with the science of technology. You'll learn the secrets of successful technical writers, including technical writing conventions, interviewing skills, desktop publishing and formatting techniques, key tips for developing graphics and templates, documentation management, and how to publish documents both on paper and electronically. You'll also learn how to get your first job as a technical writer, plus tricks of the trade that enable you to create high-quality documentation with less work. How It Works This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time. In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning. Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam. The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be emailed typically 1-2 weeks later. Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by WatSPEED. Requirements Any version of Microsoft Word is acceptable. This course is not suitable for Macintosh users.
Lesson 1 - Technical Writing Overview. Technical writing is a relatively new profession, but people have been writing technical documents for centuries. In our first lesson, you'll learn the fascinating history of technical writing, plus how the instructor (and many others) became technical writers and how technical writing employs both the logical and creative sides of your brain.
Lesson 2 - Preparing to Write. Technical writing requires preparation. In this lesson, you'll learn the basics of project management for your documentation project (including average amounts of time you should dedicate to different writing activities), key questions to help you analyze your reading audience, and how to organize the information you gather.
Lesson 3 - Gathering Information. In today's lesson, you'll learn powerful communication skills that will help you get the information you need. You'll find out how to develop your listening skills and use body language that keeps you alert and encourages the people you're interviewing to talk with you. You'll also learn how to ask questions that help you get the answers you need more efficiently, and how to apply principles of adult learning when you're analyzing the information you've gathered.
Lesson 4 - Writing Skills. Do you ever get writer's block? Most writers do! Today you'll learn how to shut off your internal editor and give yourself permission to write your first draft more quickly and easily. You'll learn tips that will help you keep writing even when you realize you don't have all of the information you need, plus you'll have more confidence after you finish the grammar and punctuation review in this lesson, which includes tips about how to make your writing more interesting.
Lesson 5 - Tech Writing Conventions. Every profession has rules and conventions that separate the novices from the pros. In this lesson, you'll learn all about time-honored technical writing conventions, such as using parallel structure, an inverted pyramid style of writing, effective headings, and lists.
Lesson 6 - Graphics. Should you save your graphics as bitmaps, gifs, or jpgs? In this lesson, we'll go over the difference between the most popular graphics file formats and guidelines for using each. You'll also learn about a new file format called PNG, and how to create screenshots on your PC, then manipulate your shots in Windows' Paint, saving you the expense of far more costly graphics programs.
Lesson 7 - Document Formatting. Formatting your document can be critical to its success. In this lesson, you'll learn how to choose the typeface or typefaces you want to use and principles for using type effectively in your document. You'll learn about the things you need to keep in mind when laying out your pages. We'll take a look at some layouts that are commonly used in technical documents, then we'll discuss how to achieve those layouts using Microsoft Word.
Lesson 8 - Microsoft Word's Paragraph Styles. Microsoft Word has nearly a 93% market share for PC-based word processing, and it's the de facto standard for most corporations and government agencies. Chances are high that you'll use it at some time in your technical writing career. In fact, most companies require that you be proficient with Word when considering you for technical writing positions. So in this lesson, you'll learn how Microsoft Word is different from other word-processing applications and how to use, modify, and create Word's paragraph styles.
Lesson 9 - Document Templates. When companies use Microsoft Word for their documentation, they expect you to know how to use and create Word templates. In this lesson, you'll learn quick ways to build templates, plus you'll learn some Word skills that will help you dazzle potential employers, such as recording macros, customizing your toolbar, and using cross-references, AutoText, and captions.
Lesson 10 - Creating Indexes. Did you know that indexes are the most widely read section in any technical document? In today's lesson, we'll review indexing conventions, and I'll provide a few tips on building a great index for your document. You'll also learn how to use Microsoft Word to make indexing a bit easier.
Lesson 11 - Editing and Proofreading. To polish your document and make it the best it can be, you need to proofread it and edit it. In today's lesson, you'll learn tips from professional proofreaders and editors, as well as ways you can use Microsoft Word to help you check your spelling and grammar.
Lesson 12 - Publishing Your Document. Publishing your document is an exciting time. All of your hard work is almost done—or is it? In our final lesson, you'll learn about different printing options and trends in publishing. We'll also explore ways you can use your technical writing skills in the job market, a four-step plan for getting your first job, and some ideas about freelancing. Questions are always encouraged!
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What to expect from a career as a professional Writer
Many of us enjoy or have a passion for writing but don’t realize that it’s possible to make a career from our talents. Communication careers are booming and writers are needed for a variety of mediums from the web to advertising to television and more. Writing programs at Ontario colleges can help students polish their writing techniques and learn new forms and methods of writing that can help them in any number of careers in the industry.
If you’ve got a passion for the written word and want to develop your writing skills as part of your career path, here’s what you need to know.
There are many different writing programs offered by Ontario’s colleges, so course material will vary depending on the program you choose. Examples include:
- Creative Writing. Whether you’re an aspiring novelist, poet or essayist, specializing in fiction or non-fiction, creative writing programs are for you. Courses on narrative style and plot and character development can help you find your own voice and style, while courses on freelance writing, editing and the business skills all writers need can help you get your work published.
- Technical Writing. Technical writing is very different than creative writing, requiring strong analytic skills and the ability to convey visual and technical information clearly and concisely through the written word. Students will learn to design technical documents and produce online documentation, while also learning fundamental writing and editing techniques.
- Copywriting. Copywriting is another form of creative writing, but one that has a direct goal – advertising and selling. Copywriters must learn to convey a message with their words that inspires desired behavior. Often, copywriters will work closely with graphic designers , and therefore must learn layout and basic design skills for their content.
- Scriptwriting. Scriptwriting programs will give students the writing skills they need to work in television, theatre, film, new media and a variety of other venues. Students will learn to visualize the end result of their work and will learn the business end of writing, from marketing and promotion to copyright laws and grant application.
General Writing Program Requirements
Ontario college writing programs are often offered as graduate certificate programs, which means completion of a degree or diploma program in a related field is generally required. For diploma programs, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent is required, which includes a grade 12 English credit.
In both types of programs, a writing sample may also be required.
Writing Jobs and Salaries
Jobs in the writing field can take you nearly anywhere, from marketing departments to television and broadcasting studios to manufacturer and corporate headquarters. Many writers also work independently, as freelance writers or in attempts to have themselves published.
Because of the broad range of job opportunities, salaries are difficult to predict. Technical writers, freelance writers and copywriters can expect starting salaries anywhere from $30,000 to $55,000 per year, depending on the position and their level of experience. For novelists, salary can only be dictated by the success of their book sales and their contract with a publisher.
Ontario Colleges Offering Writing Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of writing programs at Ontario colleges.
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Fundamentals of Technical Writing
Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. This course will teach you the fundamentals techniques that all successful technical writers use. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, and how to become a wizard at marrying the art of publishing with the science of technology. You will also learn the secrets of successful technical writers, including technical writing conventions, interviewing skills, desktop publishing and formatting techniques, key tips for developing graphics and templates, documentation management, and how to publish documents both on paper and electronically.
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