EDTECH 551: Technical and Grant Writing for Educational Technologists

EDTECH 551: Technical & Grant Writing for Educational Technologists (Fall 2012: A+)

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WELCOME TO Technical & Grant Writing for Educational Technologists
Technical and Grant Writing will guide students in analyzing and improving their writing
styles for printed texts, as well as adjusting their styles to online writing standards. With
technical writing as a foundation, developing a grant proposal will be the primary focus in
the course. Students will design a technology project appropriate for their current or future
careers and then develop a grant proposal to seek funding for their project. Writing and
editing print documents (and modifying them for posting online) will also be a significant
focus in the course. Both require:
determining users’ needs;
planning and organizing information;
writing effective documents;
using graphics; and
evaluating, editing and revising completed projects.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Cathy Morton
PHONE: 806-792-0540 (central standard time)
EMAIL : cathymorton@boisestate.edu

Course Syllabus: EDTECH551-4172_fall2012

Course text:
All readings are available online. No required texts.

Course Objectives:

In this course, you will:
(Numbers in parentheses refer to standards for accreditation.)
1. Students will demonstrate an appreciation for and ability to recognize and produce good
writing and design, recognizing technical writing as a craft and viewing themselves as
professionals who take pride in their craft. (2.1, 2.2)

2. Each student will develop a fundable technology-related project and secure needed data
and background information for the project, and then design a proposal to help fund the
project. This work would include identifying appropriate technologies for learning situations,
identifying needs, writing goals and objectives for the project, using a planning process to
develop and implement the project, preparing and justifying a budget to support the
project, and developing formative and summative evaluation strategies. (3.1.1, 4.0.2,
4.2.3, 4.4.2, 5.3.1)

3. Each student will demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to prepare printed and
online documents, including the key steps in the process: identifying audience needs,
planning, developing, organizing, drafting, revising, and graphically enhancing online
documentation (2.1, 2.2)

4. Each student will be able to apply the skills of revision, editing, proofreading, and
verifying information to the process of developing printed and online documents. (2.1, 2.2)

5. Each student will recognize and apply the principles that differentiate writing for
documentation from writing for print. (2.3). Each student will recognize and apply the principles of global communication, including
nonsexist language, unbiased language, and a multicultural perspective. In all work
submitted, the student will adhere to copyright and fair use guidelines. (3.4.2, 3.4.3)


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