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Technical Writing Essentials

Learn the essentials of Technical Writing and professional communication with this free online course.

Free Course
This free online technical writing course will teach you the basics of technical writing and communication. You will study the main conventions and characteristics of technical writing, the complexity and iterative nature of a writing process, and the importance of knowing your audience and writing specifically to meet their needs. You will also learn how to apply strategies to enhance clarity and readability, and more.





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In the course Technical Writing Essentials you will learn why, in our increasingly technological and internationalized workplaces, communications skills are among the most sought-after competencies employers require of job candidates. Every job posting you see will almost certainly ask for candidates with excellent communications skills, and the ability to work effectively in teams. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written, verbal, visual, and interpersonal contexts is vital for success and advancement in the workplace.

No matter how brilliant or innovative an idea may be, if it is not communicated clearly and promoted effectively to the right audience, it will not become a reality. The course introduces you to the key elements of professional style, document design, collaboration, oral presentation, and research skills needed to design productive workplace documents and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences.

This course will be of great interest to those wishing to pursue a career in technical writing or for any professional who wishes to improve how to develop workplace documents and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences. So, why wait? Start learning how to improve your technical writing skills today!

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Define what technical writing is, why it’s important, and what it looks like
  • Recognize the main conventions and characteristics of technical writing
  • Identify how to use rhetoric appeals in a professional context and avoid logical fallacies
  • Recognize how to effectively integrate headings, figures and tables, and lists in written communications
  • Define basic terms related to conducting and disseminating various types of research
  • Outline how to determine the reliability, authority, and relevance of research sources in a professional context
  • Identify the most common types of documents used in technical communications
  • Outline how to create technical descriptions and write instruction manuals
  • Recognize how to create the appropriate format, structure and content for different types of professional documents


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