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551 Grant and Technical Writing

December 13, 2012

I am currently taking EDTECH 551, Grant and Technical Writing. The instructor for this course is Dr. Cathy Morton.

This course is designed to “guide students in analyzing and improving their writing styles for printed texts, as well as adjusting their styles to online writing standards” (Cathy Morton, 2012). Content will surround developing a grant proposal and editing print documents.

Assignments:

Module Begin  Due Date       Topic

Module 1       Aug 27           Sept 11         Intro to the Course & to Technical Writing

Module 2       Sept 12         Sept 25         Technical Writing

Module 3       Sept 26         Oct 2             Editing

Module 4       Oct 3              Oct 16           Types of Grants & Researching Grant Options

Module 5       Oct 17           Oct 30          Needs Assessments and Documentation

Module 6       Oct 31            Nov 13         Goals, Objectives and Narrative

Module 7       Nov 14          Dec 4            Budget and Evaluation

Final Project Due:              Dec 19          Final:  Completed Grant Application

COURSE OBJECTIVES AND STANDARDS ADDRESSED:

(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)

6. 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)

Cathy Morton. (2012).  Syllabus-Fall 2012. EDTECH 551: Technical and Grant Writing.

 

Reflection:

This course has been very helpful and has really made me consider writing grants in the future. The course provided a great review of grammatical and structural components of writing and helped me correct some of the bad habits I had developed over time. My final grant proposal requested funding to attend the National Science Teacher Association 2013 Professional  Development Institute and conference.

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