RE: Graduate school: Utah State's online program

Subject: RE: Graduate school: Utah State's online program
From: Curtis Matthews <cmatthews -at- cpcus -dot- com>
To: Andrea McCauley <Andrea -dot- McCauley -at- slhnet -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 10:42:49 -0500

Hi Andrea,

I am currently enrolled in an online graduate program in Technical
Communication Management at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. I don't
know what you're looking for in terms of background, but this program is
pretty progressive in its approach. Rather than focusing solely on the
foundations of technical communication (such as cognition & learning theory
and usability theory), it is focused on applying them in real-world
situations and case studies.

If you want to learn more, check out
http://www.mercer.edu/mstco/default.htm. Some of the info on this page is a
bit dated -- very little in this class is done by sending VCR tapes anymore,
for example -- but it should give you an idea of the class's philosophy and
foundations. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have, or you could
e-mail the class advisor, Dr. David Leonard, at leonard_dc -at- mercer -dot- edu -dot-

Curtis Matthews
cmatthews -at- cpcus -dot- com


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrea McCauley [mailto:Andrea -dot- McCauley -at- slhnet -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 1999 10:04 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Cc: 'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com'
Subject: RE: Graduate school: Utah State's online program


I am interested in more colleges that offer online Master Degrees in
Technical Writing or Document Design. I've checked into the program at USU
but it does not offer the background I am looking for. If someone is
currently taking a course or enrolled in a Master's program in this subject,
please reply to me offline. I would like to get enrolled as soon as
possible. Any leads are greatly appreciated!

Andrea
andrea -dot- mccauley -at- slhnet -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Bettina and Scott Wahl [mailto:bbormann -at- netcom -dot- ca]
Sent: Friday, December 03, 1999 5:39 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Graduate school: Utah State's online program


Megan,

I am currently enrolled in the online Master's in Technical Writing program
at
Utah State University. I am just finishing my second course now. I have
found
the courses very interesting and relevant to my full-time job as a technical
writer.

The first course I took was on usability testing; the instructor was George
Hayhoe, editor of the STC journal Technical Communication. I learned how to
plan
and conduct usability tests, analyze the results, and propose product
changes.
I've used all these skills at my job.

The course I'm currently taking has been on web site information
architecture.
In this course, I have learned principles and various strategies for
designing
web sites, and worked with groups and on my own to create web sites. Again,
I
have or will use everything I've learned in my job.

It has been a great pleasure to get to know people from all over Canada and
the
U.S. It has also been a valuable learning experience to participate in
discussions and complete group projects online.

I chose this program because it is fully accredited, has a good range of
courses, and has reasonable fees for out-of-state students. It also offers
courses in the summer, which allows you to finish the program a little
sooner if
you want.

Bottom line: I have been very pleased with the program so far and I plan to
continue with it.

I'd be happy to answer any more detailed questions off-line.

Regards,

Scott Wahl


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