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e-Learning – A Growing Field For Technical Writers | Immerse CMS

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This great little article makes a point that I’ve been trying to make on my own quest to find an e-learning positions. In no way am I putting down instructional designers, but as a trained technical communicator, I know that technical writers have the right stuff to be effective in writing for e-learning. Technical writers most often create user documentation and training manuals. With some creativity, imagination, and some quick learning of the basics of instructional design, technical writers can be quite capable of writing up e-learning content.

Now, with the advent of m-learning, the skills to be able to curate content and whittle it down to comprehensible, short yet clear information for smartphones and tablets will be vital. Technical writers are used to working with a mountain of information, and paring it down to the essential information needed to learn how to make something work or take a next step. Isn’t that a valuable skill to have as an instructional designer?

As more e-learning and especially m-learning programs expand, technical communicators are truly going to be needed to help bring things up to speed quickly to keep up with constantly emerging new mobile technologies.

So, if you are looking for a new instructional designer, think about giving a technical writer a chance. I’m sure there are plenty of them (including me especially) who would jump at the chance to write training materials in a new and exciting way, and technical writers already have most of the skills needed. The instructional design will come…most of the essential concepts aren’t that difficult. Give technical writers a chance!


Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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