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

Subject: Re: Tech writing class (was suggestions needed...)
From: Kathryn Marshall <kmarsh9540 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 16:38:43 -0700 (PDT)

--- Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> The problem isn't knowing all technologies. Its
> knowing how to approach complex
> systems intelligently. How to analyze information,
> ask questions, discover
> patterns, and explain complexity. So many tech
> writing programs focus on the
> "language" element of tech writing. While language
> is an integral part, you
> can't use language effectively until your mind
> understands.

I won't argue with you there. And FWIW, the program I
took at Carnegie Mellon Univ. focused on
problem-solving. I would say that's the one thing I
got out of my whole college experience - not just the
tech writing program there.

CMU has a great program - all students have to take
computer classes, philosophy classes, social &
decision sciences, and math -- in addition to the
actual tech writing classes. It was probably a lot of
those "other" classes that helped me learn how to
problem/solve and how to be a little more tech savvy
than those who focused strictly on writing classes.

I hear what you're sayin...point taken.


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