Tips and Tricks: What To Look for in an Online Tech Comm Program

As both a student and a teacher, I've had the opportunity to sample a variety of online learning experiences. While online programs are tremendously useful (save time and money for starters), you could find yourself sacrificing other key elements (like quality of learning content and social interaction) that can make a difference in the long run. If you have determined that an online course is the right move for you, how can you make sure you don’t enroll in a bad program, and can enroll in a good one? Use this list of key elements as a guide when you’re shopping. Continue reading ...

Professional Development in Tech Comm: Is Distance Learning Worth It?

In August, I asked our wonderful community of technical communication professionals about their opinions and thoughts about online distance learning and I was amazed by the responses regarding the topic of distance learning. As part of TechWhirl’s September theme of "Your Career: Upgrade in Progress," we try to demystify the world of distance learning, because if you plan on upgrading your skills in technical communication, you may find yourself in front of the computer screen attending an online course. Continue reading ...

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STC Certification – TechWhirl Interview with Steve Jong, Chair of the STC Certification Commission

What have you heard about the new Certified Professionals in Technical Communication (CPTC) credential (aka Tech Writer Certification)? You've probably read about it online, may have received an email, or were in the audience during the announcement at the 2011 STC Summit. Considering the volume on our email discussion group last week there are a lot of questions and opinions on this "new" program. You have questions and so do we, so we organized an hour-long interview with Steve Jong, current Chair of the STC Certification Commission on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Continue reading ...