Great course! I think the writing assignments really help you to get an idea of what a career in technical writing will be about. I really look forward to starting a career in technical writing!
This course is a great gateway to the world of technical writing. A good effort by the trainers and curriculum creators at familiarising the learner with the basics, nuances and the requisites.
By Digby D•
Do not pay for this course; audit it or better yet, buy a book on technical writing instead.
As it currently stands, I can't recommend this course in good conscience, especially if you're paying for it. The presentation is a bit of a mess right now, to put it mildly. The entire "first week" is background information about the university and instructors, along with a short animation related to technical writing with no commentary that seems like it was made to be inserted into a video but was uploaded alone instead. You can skip straight to Week 2 "Characteristics of Technical Writing" and not be any worse off for it. (The video prior, "What's in a name?", could've easily been combined with the course information in a text document or with "Characteristics of Technical Writing" for a more robust understanding of what technical writers do and how it relates to their writing.) For how much the course tries to impress that technical writing should be clear, concise, and well-presented, it fails in nearly all of those aspects.
It's not unwatchable and there's solid information to be found, but those are only part of what makes a quality educational video. To sum it up (once again): Do not pay for this course. If you want the information in video format, audit it. If you can live with text presentation, find a book.
By Alexander T•
This course contains multiple misspelled words, mispronounced words, and grammatical errors. The overall presentation is confusing, and poorly presented. The video lectures contain multiple "um" moments, text that does not match the verbal presentation; and a distracting oval blur below the orators neck. The orator(s) do not reflect a complete understanding of the English language, or presentation aesthetics. The quiz and test questions are phrased poorly. One of the writing assignments includes submitting a product description. Is a product description an example of marketing or technical writing?
By Héctor V•
I was supposed to get a certificate upon completion, but on week 4, I was forced to pay to complete the last two modules. Horrible experience.
By Kyle D•
Last lesson is an advertisement for a company. Really bummed cuz it starts out great and gets worse and worse until it ends with an ad.
By Debra D T•
I'm not able to cancel this course, it only allows me to rate it.
By PETER K F•
I really enjoyed taking this Technical Writing course. It will definitely help me in writing reports in my current workplace. Thank you!
Hello everyone.. I am an engineering student and was willing to improve my Technical Writing skills. However I could not find the proper guide or the instructor to learn and teach me until I joined this course. This course has really helped me in understanding how to best perform as a Technical Writer and it also provided some very useful resources that add the extra knowledge. I liked this course and would like to recommend it to others as it gives practical based knowledge for industrial development. Thank you very much!
By Indunil M H•
This course was a great opportunity to learn the pros and cons of technical writing. It was such an informative, interesting and enlightening learning experience.
By Pallavi.N P•
I enjoyed learning technical writing course from Coursera. Thank you for introducing such a complicated topic in the simplest possible way.
By Nathan T•
The course was pretty good but I struggled with some of the formatting for my assignments. It felt like there were not enough details to see what was specifically expected from my assignments. I wasn't sure if I needed to follow an exact format or if I was to try and create something suitable. The word processor was not very powerful either. Many of the peer review suffered from poor formatting that I couldn't tell if it was user error or as a result of the word processor.
The information was useful and I did learn some new things that I hadn't received from my degree. I am excited to implement this new skill.
By Ranjit K•
This course clarifies the doubt I had before. There are amazing facts and elaboration of writing aspects. Will recommend this course.
By Rejimon R•
good experience. i learned too many things about technical writing. While working also it will helpful to recall the technical terms
By Dilshod N•
Learned so many things. Good course.
By Carmela I E•
pretty comprehensive, but some lectures didn't feel cohesive or followed a logical pattern (ironic for a technical writing course) making it long-winded and dizzying. gets repetitive after a certain point but definitely helpful for building up skills. some of the quizzes were also quite tedious, as they only accepted the exact wording of certain answers instead of the (also-correct) general idea.
due to the nature of the course however it was so hard to continue with peer-grading assignments because there were so many submissions that plagiarized from already-written, easily-accessible content online. not an issue of the course per se, but still notable. i hope they can implement a plagiarism checker onto the submission box.
By Mithun G•
Very sound testing method. You really need to be attentive.
1 star less because of the last video that seemed to be a promotion for a certain website, felt inappropriate for such a good course.
By Laura R•
Delivery: As other reviewers have mentioned, there are some errors in pronunciation and word choice (unfortunately reflected in the transcript) by the presenter, as she is a non-native speaker of English. However, these should not hinder your ability to understand. What I found more difficult was the lack of introductory phrases or transitions to explain what topic or sub-topic the presenter was discussing. So while there may be a long list of information on a topic, you're left with a less than clear understanding of what this information pertains to because sometimes she just starts listing information and you have to guess the specific topic. Especially since this a technical writing course, I feel that the topic signaling should have been better. These key words and phrases are an important part of effectively teaching in English. What was helpful: I enjoyed learning the format for technical definitions, and I will keep some of the specific tips for styling succinct writing. I learned some names for the different kind of reports in the world of technical writing. If you've never read a research article in school and aren't familiar with the format, you will at least hear about the sections they typically contain.
What's lacking: Some information assessed on the quizzes did not seem to be in the videos. I had to search other sources to better understand the types of extensions and examples of them. Not all of them were mentioned in the video. I rewatched and searched the transcript multiple times. I also felt that the course lacked examples of complete technical writing documents so that students could see what a finished product looks like. It would be helpful to see good examples (and even bad, for comparison) of the different types of writing. Again, I had to search outside sources for more information on the difference between product description vs. process description vs. instructions so that I could understand the expectations on the assignment clearly.
As also mentioned by others, Weeks 1 and 5 are not very helpful. Week 1 is all about introducing the institutions sponsoring this course and Week 5 is all about a paid subscription database service you can use in your research. They are very much more about marketing themselves than useful content. The assignments: I was disappointed to see that most assignments submitted by my peers were copied and pasted from sources on the internet. In other words, most people plagiarized. They didn't even plagiarize good examples of the requested type of technical writing. If you are doing peer reviews and see the topic of Zoom (assignment 1, copied from a YouTube video) or how to write technical writing (assignment 2, copied from an online textbook), it is most likely plagiarized. You can Google the text and find the original sources easily. Flag it for plagiarism. Don't expect to receive any meaningful feedback from the peer grading. It seems that most people are here to get the certificate without actually learning by doing, which is unfortunate, because that is the only feedback you get on your writing assignments. I didn't get any helpful feedback on mine, but I'm glad I did it myself and spent time polishing it, because now I have something to add to my portfolio. I feel that the assignment directions could have been clearer and would have been helped by showing some example documents so that it's easy to understand what type of document is being requested. I also wish the second writing assignment (in Week 5) could be submitted by uploading a file because the graphics I made for the various figures in my directions could not be added in the text entry box. The most they give you is the ability to add a link to an image, which means that if you did any custom image you have to upload and host it somewhere on the internet and then provide a link. I don't know why the second assignment is like that when the first one allowed a file upload.
I was excited to take this course, however, once I got to the assignment I was so disappointed. The assignment was to write a paper explaining how to use a product or do a process. I spent a lot of time writing my paper, taking pictures and including them. When I finished the project, there was no way to upload it into the assignment box. Why would a writing course that encourages you to use pictures and graphs and examples to explain a process, not let you upload a paper? When I tried to copy and paste my paper into the space provided, it took our all of the photos, collapsed the text boxes and deleted about half of the written words. How can you explain a process without all of those things
By BAHAEDDINE B A•
To whom it may concern,
I would like to thank you so much for this wonderful course.I really appreciate the contents of all modules and sections,it is well structured and organized and contains a lot of useful information that gives a large vision. It allows also the trainee to have the big picture and a deep understanding of the job.I'm a technical writer who was hired two weeks ago to work for the account of a software solution company in the insurance field of interest and I really now can see things more clearly than the first day at work.
I'm extremely grateful for this treasure and I strongly believe that your contributions through this course have changed my work life for the better.
By Lisa C•
I would highly recommend this course if you are looking to expand your skill set of writing. The videos are great and the tests are challenging. The assignments helped to clarify what technical writing involves. I feel confident I could apply for a technical writer position and succeed. My advice is to stay ahead in the course because 5 weeks time goes by quickly and you may need extra time to pass some of the tests or finish assignments. I'm excited to add this piece of learning to my resume. Thank you for a great class! Lisa A. Carlson
By Harald M•
In my view, it was a really good course covering all components of the process of creating a technical document. Additional information was also included, for instance concerning the web of science or patent database. Peer-graded assignment was a new experience for me. An interesting one, however, especially writing a -voluntary- comment about my assessment. The only thing I missed a little is specific information about norms like ISO9001 etc. I can imagine, however, that this would alone fill a whole course.
By Fatin F•
This course covers the fundamentals of technical writing in a clear and concise manner, and the course materials and evaluation method are both impressive. The instructors were likewise ecstatic and excellent. This course is highly recommended for those who are new to technical writing and want to learn the ins and outs of the process.
By Arya H•
I was new to this and the teachers have done an incredible job explaining the topics and with the materials also. The extra readings are very helpful to understand more. I got an internship after I finished my course and I can implement so much after this course. A must for a beginner I would say.
By Jayadevan P C•
It's a useful course for every professional, especially for those English is not their mother tongue.
Usually these kind of courses a sleeping pill for me but it is organized elegantly and the classes/ videos are of short duration. This helped me to attend the classes.
Thanks for the team.
By Prince U•
I feel fulfilled completing this course. It had very important lessons in it for me as someone in the technical field. My ability to organize and structure my reports/instructions or procedures has been enhance after completing all the modules. Thank you MIPT and Coursera.
By Akash N T V•
I have learned more in this course in matter of weeks then ever in my life by college. The information they are imparting is priceless. It will help me in every project and report I will create as an Engineer. Thank you ma'am for such a wonderfull course.