The Writing Technical Explanations for Non-technical Readers course teaches the skills required to write technical explanations for readers who are not specialists in the subject and do not know the jargon. The course also will teach you how to structure and write the report so it is well organized and easy to follow and understand.
The online lessons contain clear explanations and many examples. You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.
You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.
Lesson 1: Communicate technical subjects clearly to non-technical readers.
Lesson 2: Provide information that suits the reader's knowledge of the subject, educational background, technical expertise, need for concrete explanations, and need for depth of knowledge.
Lesson 3: Include everything every intended reader needs to achieve your objectives.
Lesson 4: Give readers the information they need at the specific points where they need it for maximum understanding.
Lesson 5: When readers have differing needs or abilities, write different versions of the document or sections within the document to match the readers' needs and abilities.
Lesson 6: Write the information in clearly defined information blocks that the reader can read, understand, and remember, one block at a time.
Lesson 7: For each information block, write an explicit opening statement the reader can use to begin putting the block's details into a framework.
Lesson 8: Present information in a clear visual blueprint so readers can see the organization as they read.
Lesson 9: Use tables to organize the information so readers can place the details into a clear framework.
Lesson 10: Use key terms consistently.
Lesson 11: Fully explain the concept behind every new key term as the reader encounters it.
Lesson 12: Write clear, focused, organized paragraphs that help readers identify, understand, and remember concepts.
Lesson 13: Write sentences that are complete, simple, clear, and straightforward.
Lesson 14: Use only simple punctuation.
Lesson 15: Use words every intended reader will understand.