Technical Writing and Planning Documents
Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST

   Effective technical communication characteristics
      • Ensuring accuracy, clarity, conciseness, coherence, and appropriateness
   Defining purpose and audience
      • Identifying the document purposes and assessing your audience’s needs and expertise
   Organizing and planning
      • Developing work strategies to set priorities and to make the best use of writing time
      • Creating project plans outlining specific details for a predictable and logical structure to help
        your audience understand technical information

Technical Writing and Writing Documents

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 1:30 – 3:30 PM CST

      • Adopting an appropriate style and tone
      • Using effective sentence construction
      • Constructing effective paragraphs
      • Building sentences and paragraphs
      • Using sentence variety (emphasis, parallel structure, subordination)
   Designing documents
      • Page layout and design considerations
      • Creating and integrating visuals

Reviewing and Editing Documents

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST

   Editing for grammar and style
      • Choosing the right words and technical terminology
      • Using the punctuation and mechanics correctly
      • Ensuring clarity (ambiguity, awkwardness, logic errors, positive writing, voice)
   Reviewing content
      • Checking accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness
      • Checking unity and coherence
      • Ethical issues

Technical Writing Best Practices
Thursday, January 9, 2020, 1:30 – 3:30 PM CST

      • Business letters: formats and types of business correspondence
      • Memos and electronic mail: advantages and disadvantages of internal communication
   Best Practices in Technical Documents
      • Document elements: using formats to establish the order of content in document front matter, body, and end matter
      • Document types: correspondence, specifications, reports, instructions and proposals

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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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     8.0 PDHs

     8.0 CE Hours

     8.0 LU|Elective

Continuing Education Credit Information

These live, interactive webinars are designed to qualify for engineer and architect continuing education credit in most states. Course participants need to be aware of any state continuing education restrictions/limitations on online learning and acceptance of non-HSW coursework for architects for some of the webinars. See each webinar listing for offered credits.

HalfMoon Education is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Provider J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System. Visit for complete AIA/CES information under each course listing. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers, architects, and landscape architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2), §69.6(i)(2), and 79-1.5(i)(2)).

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Dr. Mark Decker, PhD

Professor and Department Chair in the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania’s English Department

Mr. Decker teaches Technical Writing and Writing Technical Manuals in support of the Professional Writing minor. Dr. Decker has PhD and MA degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University (2001, 1997) and he graduated summa cum laude in English from Utah State University (1995).

While an undergraduate, Dr. Decker worked for several years as a staff writer for Aerotech News and Review, an aerospace and defense industry trade newspaper published in Lancaster, California. During graduate school, Dr. Decker was a member of the Leonhard Center for Technical Writing Initiative, a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of English and College of Engineering designed to promote an exchange of ideas between technical writing instructors and the scientific and engineering communities. Dr. Decker also taught Business Writing, Technical Writing, and an Advanced Technical Writing course that enrolled graduate students from technical and scientific disciplines.

After graduate school, Dr. Decker spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he taught Technical Writing in support of that school’s major in Technical Communication and served as the advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Dr. Decker has given presentations at several national and international conferences and has published both a book and a co-edited book as well as several scholarly articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia chapters.

There are 4 Courses in This Seminar

Technical Writing and Planning Documents

Technical Writing and Planning Documents

January 8, 2020 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Technical Writing and Writing Documents

Technical Writing and Writing Documents

January 8, 2020 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Reviewing and Editing Documents

Reviewing and Editing Documents

January 9, 2020 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Technical Writing Best Practices

Technical Writing Best Practices

January 9, 2020 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker