Technical writing can certainly be a process of learning the skills through a course from a university or going to a conference. But using hypothetical situations isn’t as effective as putting technical writing skills into use. At Northwestern State University, students are learning about writing technical documentation while building robots.
Surprisingly, the course in which students are learning about technical writing isn’t a technical course or a technology class. They’re learning in an English class, building their technical writing skills with each step of the robot-making process.
Why does this process work to teach skills? According to the instructor, Ramey Prince, students learn because: