Re: Entry-level tech writers...a new twist

Subject: Re: Entry-level tech writers...a new twist
From: Sella Rush <SellaR -at- APPTECHSYS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 16:57:59 -0800

Jane Bergen wrote:
In my schooling, I NEVER ONCE took a course on a particular tool (though
it might have been handy). Instead, our curriculum included courses on
readability, usability, problem solving, nuances of the language as
relative to instruction, information design, and project planning. We
learned to interview, to research, and to pull apart documents, then put
them back together in a more meaningful way.

Must agree with Jane, although I'll leave the vituperation unsaid.
I took the TW certificate course at the University of Washington, and
really can't say enough about what a positive experience this was. My
coursework basically paralleled Jane's list--in fact, did we go to the
same school? I find it hard to believe any academic program would view
a tool-oriented curriculum sufficient. Maybe we should be making a list
of the good programs around the world.
Sella Rush
mailto:sellar -at- apptechsys -dot- com
Applied Technical Systems, Inc. (ATS)
Bremerton, Washington USA
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