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Introduction to Technical Writing

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This is the post for December 26, 2017.

This is the course website for English 3764 (Technical Writing), CRN #40296, taught by Traci Gardner at Virginia Tech during Winter Session 2017–2018.

Information on all assignments, weekly activities, and related resources for these courses will be posted here. Check this site regularly for the details on what to do for the course.

Notes for Today

  • Mandatory Syllabus Quiz due by 11:59PM Wednesday. Details are in the first bullet point under the “Tasks to Complete This Week” heading.
  • Time Commitment: Every day of the class during winter session is equivalent to a week of work during the Fall or Spring Semester. Virginia Tech classes require 36.25 hours of class time, so plan to spend about 2.5–3 hours on class work each weekday, plus time to complete your readings and compose your projects.
  • Work Hours: Normally, I am online from late afternoon through early morning hours. I’m a night owl rather than a morning person. Look for responses from me during those hours.

Readings for Today

Tasks for Today

Here’s what you need to do for this week:

  1. Complete the Course Overview Module in Canvas. You will read the various course documents and then take a syllabus verification quiz.
  2. Confirm that your notifications in Canvas are set the way you want them. Note that Canvas uses your notification preferences to determine whether to email you or text you (or not tell you at all) about information on the site. See the section "How do I adjust my notification preferences?" in the Student Getting Started with Canvas Guide for more information on setting up your notifications.
  3. Add a professional profile picture to your Canvas account. Follow the Canvas documentation to add a profile picture in your user account. Since this is an online course, your profile picture helps me see you as more than just a name on the course roll.
  4. (Optional) Join our Facebook Group and introduce yourself to everyone. Tell us a little about your career goals, your experience in your field, and any technical writing (or workplace writing) you have done. Add anything else that you like, as long as it’s appropriate for class discussion.
  5. Set up your Labor Log and record the work that you have done today. You must track the work and the time you spend doing it for this course, just as you might track the hours on a particular project in the workplace.
  6. Come back every week day for additional information about the course and the work that we will do together for that day. You can use the information on Keeping Up with the Website to set up notifications that will tell you when new information is available.


Image Credit: Why Good Writing Is Needed for Better Jobs from Grammarly.


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