Re: Masters in on-screen help?

Subject: Re: Masters in on-screen help?
From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 14:54:17 -0500

Paul Bakker wrote:
> I manage a firm of technical writers in Peterborough, England. One of our
> on-screen help specialists would like to take a postgraduate qualification
> in this field. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing of this nature
> available in the UK.
> Does anyone know of a good MA/MSc programme (sorry, program!) in North
> America on on-screen/on-line documentation which is delivered by distance
> learning?

Just this week, Peter Hager of James Madison University in Virginia
posted a notice about JMU's new graduate program in technical
communication. This and other graduate programs that offer distance
learning would certainly have a course or two in online doc--and I'm
sure that students could do a research project or thesis on the
subject--but I wonder if an entire degree in online documentation might
be a bit too specialized? At least in the US, degrees at the master's
level are more general than that (I understand that universities in the
UK often do provide such specialized degrees).

However, I don't have a degree in technical communication (lit-crit
person here), so I could be way off base on this subject. Can any tech.
comm. students or academic types on the list provide more information?

Good luck,
Stephen P. Victor Phone: (713) 513-2552
Technical Writer, Software Training Fax: (713) 513-2019
Schlumberger GeoQuest svictor -at- houston -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com
5599 San Felipe, Suite 1700
Houston, Texas 77056 USA

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