difference between tech writing and instructional design?

Subject: difference between tech writing and instructional design?
From: "Linda Michaels" <linda1210 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 11:31:55 PST

What do you all think the difference is between technical writing and instructional design? I'm a tech writing major, doing my concentration in Instructional Technologies, which focuses on instructional design, but I haven't learned anything new in my concentration. It's mostly a recap of what I've learned in my tech writing classes, (only with much less detail).

The only real difference I see so far (I've taken 6 instructional technoloy classes) is that tech writers seem much more detail-oriented, whereas instructional designers are more concerned with the "big picture."

I'm asking all this because I'm considering pursuing a master's degree in Instructional Technologies, but as I said, I havne't really learned much beyond what I've learned in tech writing. I guess I'm wondering if that's just how it is (i.e., there is no major difference between tech writing and instructional design). Or maybe I should look for similar Master's programs at other universities? People have told me to just go ahead and get the Masters at my school, but I'd like to learn something new. (I'm in the SF Bay Area if anyone knows of any local programs.)

I appreciate your feedback.

Thanks,

Linda Michaels

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