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Presenter: Dr. Mark Decker

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.

Agenda:

Technical Writing Basics
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

   Correspondence

      • Business letters: formats and types of business correspondence

      • Memos and electronic mail: advantages and disadvantages of internal communication

   Best Practices in Technical Documents

      • Document elements: using formats to establish the order of content in document front matter, body, and end matter

      • Document types: correspondence, specifications, reports, instructions and proposals


Planning Documents
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30 PM CDT

   Effective technical communication characteristics

      • Ensuring accuracy, clarity, conciseness, coherence, and appropriateness

   Defining purpose and audience

      • Identifying the document purposes and assessing your audience’s needs and expertise

   Organizing and planning

      • Developing work strategies to set priorities and to make the best use of writing time

      • Creating project plans outlining specific details for a predictable and logical structure to help your audience understand technical information


Writing Documents
Friday, August 10, 2018, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

   Writing

      • Adopting an appropriate style and tone

      • Using effective sentence construction

      • Constructing effective paragraphs

      • Building sentences and paragraphs

      • Using sentence variety (emphasis, parallel structure, subordination)

   Designing documents

      • Page layout and design considerations

   Graphics

      • Creating and integrating visuals


Revising and Editing Documents
Friday, August 10, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30 PM CDT

   Editing for grammar and style

      • Choosing the right words and technical terminology

      • Using the punctuation and mechanics correctly

      • Ensuring clarity (ambiguity, awkwardness, logic errors, positive writing, voice)

   Reviewing content

      • Checking accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness

      • Checking unity and coherence

      • Ethical issues




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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.


Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.


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Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled


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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers

Architects: 
     8.0 CE Hours

AIA:
     8.0 LUs

Engineers:
     8.0 PDHs



Continuing Education Credit Information

HalfMoon Education is an American Institute of Architects-approved continuing education sponsor (No. J885) and is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in New York. These webinars are not approved for Florida architects. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. Check each webinar for the number of continuing education hours available. HalfMoon Education is an approved engineer continuing education provider in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. These webinars offer engineer continuing education credit in all states that allow this learning methology. Check each course listing for the number of PDHs available. Participation and knowledge retention will be verified for these webinar events, certificates of completion will be provided, and LUs will be reported to the AIA. Please see individual course listings for available credit approval.

Speakers:

Dr. Mark Decker

Dr. Mark Decker is associate professor and department chair at Bloomsburg University’s English Department, where he teaches Technical Writing and Writing Technical Manuals in support of the Professional Writing minor. Dr. Decker has PhD and MA degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University (2001, 1997) and he graduated summa cum laude in English from Utah State University (1995).

While an undergraduate, Dr. Decker worked for several years as a staff writer for Aerotech News and Review, an aerospace and defense industry trade newspaper published in Lancaster, California. During graduate school, Dr. Decker was a member of the Leonhard Center for Technical Writing Initiative, a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of English and College of Engineering designed to promote an exchange of ideas between technical writing instructors and the scientific and engineering communities. Dr. Decker also taught Business Writing, Technical Writing, and an Advanced Technical Writing course that enrolled graduate students from technical and scientific disciplines.

After graduate school, Dr. Decker spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he taught Technical Writing in support of that school’s major in Technical Communication and served as the advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Dr. Decker has given presentations at several national and international conferences and has published both a book and a co-edited book as well as several scholarly articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia chapters.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $400.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $350.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.