Re: Tech writing class (was suggestions needed...)

Subject: Re: Tech writing class (was suggestions needed...)
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 12:52:17 -0700

Keith Cronin wrote:
> > Were I designing your course, I would focus intensely on working with
> > extremely complex information.
> Very good idea, Andrew.
> Without forcing students to spend too much time studying a specific area
> of technology that may not be useful/pertinent to them in the future, can
> you suggest a good generic example?

It's not the specific information that students need to learn: it's
learning how to learn and generally deal with complex information that's

Most people in the class would probably have no serious trouble learning
a set block of material. But I've seen people with MAs and doctorates
choke when asked to master complex material quickly and to start writing
about it while they're still learning.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com

"Yes, it's hard love, but it's love just the same,
Not the stuff of fantasy, but more than just a game,
And the only kind of miracle that's worthy of the name,
For the love that heals our lives is mostly hard love."
- Bob Franke, "Hard Love" (as sung by June Tabor)


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