Re: Technical Writer / Instructional Designer

Subject: Re: Technical Writer / Instructional Designer
From: rbilbao -at- us -dot- amadeus -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 12:14:28 -0400

Hello Valerie and everyone,
I'm also new to the list and tech writing in general and also quite thankful for
this resource. Your post caught my attention because I recently switched from
instructional technology to technical writing. In doing so I've learned a great
deal and it's been interesting to see first hand the commonalities as well as
the differences. One of the things I can tell you is that it seems to me that it
all comes down to what industry you're in, and even what company you work for.

In my company instructional designers have an instructional technology title.
Some of them design and maintain our distance learning site and write the site's
content (that's what I used to do), while others write curriculum and student
guides that are used in old fashioned face-to-face classes. On the other hand,
in the documentation group we strictly write the user, administration, and
installation guides and quick references that accompany our software.

Interestingly enough, our documentation group consists of two writers and we're
under the training department umbrella. The rest of the training department
consists of about 10-15 instructional technologists of which only two are
instructional design graduates. And none of them are required to stand in front
of a class and teach. A lot of instructional design principles apply in what I
do today, I've found out. However, currently, I find myself focusing on
good/economical use of language more than I used to.

Different strokes, for different folks.

In reference to:
<Hello everyone

I am new to the list and am very appreciative of all
of the postings - learning a great deal.

Might anyone comment upon the difference/s between a
technical writer and an instructional designer?

Regards from Canada

Valerie Brideau>

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