About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering technical instructions material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn technical instructions. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding technical instructions
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning writing (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about technical instructions
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra writing resources
How It Works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the technical instructions chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the technical instructions chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any technical instructions question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a technical instructions unit of a standard technical writing course. Topics covered include:
- Purpose, content, and structure of technical instructions
- Considering the audience when writing technical instructions
- Ethical issues in technical instructions
- Process for writing technical instructions
- Function of visuals in technical instructions
- Ways to evaluate technical instructions
1. Technical Instructions: Purpose, Content & Structure
Technical instructions, also called technical manuals, are an important feature to include with your technology product. In this lesson, we'll examine how the function, content, and structure of technical instructions all work together.
2. Understanding the Audience When Writing Technical Instructions
When writing technical instructions, it's important to first understand who your audience is. In this lesson, we'll examine how knowing your audience can help you improve your technical writing and make it more accessible.
3. Role of Ethics in Technical Instructions
It might seem like writing technical instructions is a pretty clear process with no real ethical implications. But the truth is, there are many ethical considerations when writing technical manuals. Watch this lesson to find out more.
4. The Writing Process for Technical Instructions
Technical writing, like other writing, follows an orderly process. In this lesson, we'll examine the writing process for technical instructions and manuals, including steps that are unique to the technical writing process.
5. The Role of Visuals in Technical Instructions
Visual aids offer many benefits to technical instructions, but they are often overlooked by writers. In this lesson, we'll examine visuals in more detail, including what they are, the advantages of using them, and how to use them.
6. Evaluating Technical Instructions
Making sure that the instructions that go with a product are usable is often just as important as making sure that the product itself is usable! In this lesson, we learn how to evaluate technical instructions.
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Other chapters within the Technical Writing: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Technical Writing: Help and Review
- Prewriting for Technical Documents: Help and Review
- Writing Technical Documents: Help and Review
- Technical Editing & Rewriting: Help and Review
- Elements of Technical Documents: Help and Review
- Usability Testing & Technical Writing: Help and Review
- Informal Technical Reports: Help and Review
- Formal Technical Reports: Help and Review
- Business Reports for Technical Writing: Help and Review
- Technical Correspondence: Help and Review
- Technical Resumes & Cover Letters: Help and Review
- Writing Technical Manuals: Help and Review
- Writing Proposals: Help and Review
- Language & Style
- Language in Context