Category Archives: Tech Comm

What You Can Do as a Technical Communicator

Listen to the podcast, download the handout, and review the PowerPoint given by Beth Agnew at the STC Career Day, Sep 25, 2010. In this presentation, Beth talks about the many roles technical communicators can fill, the types of work … Continue reading

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No One Is Immune to Usability Problems

No matter how much an organization wants to build good usability into its products and services, sometimes things get overlooked. Often it’s the little details that people don’t think of that cause the biggest problems and cost the most to … Continue reading

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Correction to Schedule

For our new Tech Comm students starting the program in the Fall, it seems there has been an error on the timetable that was sent to you, and TCN705 was inadvertently left off. Here’s the correct schedule: TECC Timetable – … Continue reading

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Why You Need a Technical Communicator

Every company should have at least one technical communicator. A technical communicator (technical writer) is a valuable addition to the team in any organization, especially one in the scientific, medical, or high tech industry. Technical communicators: Facilitate communication Translate technical … Continue reading

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FSOSS 2009 & Documentation

Concluding Open Source week in Toronto, Seneca held its annual Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) yesterday. I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak about documentation for open source projects. What is truly exciting about open source … Continue reading

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One of the Best?

Beth Agnew, co-ordinator of the Seneca Tech Comm Program and instructor for a number of our courses, has been nominated in TVO’s 2010 Best Lecturer Competition. A video of her class about Usability will be sent to TVO for further … Continue reading

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We’re Growing!

This September marks our largest ever Tech Comm class at Seneca. One of the reasons for this larger class is the Ontario government’s Second Career initiative which assists people in going back to school to retrain for a new career … Continue reading

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Microsoft vs. i4i

There’s a Seneca Tech Comm connection to company i4i, prominently featured in the media recently because of its successful suit against Microsoft. We have graduates working at i4i, and it has also been one of our co-op employers.

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If the User Can’t Find It…

… it’s not there. One of the many roles of the technical communicator is to assist developers and designers with making products, websites, and interfaces easy to use. Users who have to search for the functions they need get frustrated, … Continue reading

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Ideal Second Career

Changes in the economy often mean unexpected layoffs and situations that prompt one to think of a career change. Technical communication is a profession that allows you to leverage your prior background and training into a new career. No matter … Continue reading

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Occupational Summary

One of the more accurate occupational summaries I’ve come across for technical communicators is this one from the Alberta government. Usually, the description of the occupation is somewhat out of date, but here they seem to have it right.

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Celebrating 10 Years!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of our first graduating class. To celebrate, we are holding an open house, drop-in, casual reunion on Saturday, November 22, from 2-5 p.m. in the Lower Kaleidoscope room at Seneca @ York. Stop by … Continue reading

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