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Writing Effective Instructions

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Writing Effective Instructions

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6 Weeks



2-3 Hours Weekly




Learn how to create user-friendly and effective instructional materials

Course Description

This course teaches professionals the fundamentals of writing usable instructions, using practical examples and exercises. In the workplace, Instructions are often thought of as documentation that helps you complete simple and complex tasks, such as copying style definitions in Microsoft Word or creating animations in PowerPoint. This course will provide the tools to help address the different aspects of writing instructions, including researching audience, using plain style, drafting and organization of the elements of instructions, writing, designing, and testing instructions.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the components of instructions and procedures
  2. Plan and research for your purpose, audience, and context of use
  3. Organize and draft usable instructions and procedures
  4. Develop instructions and procedures with purposeful design 
  5. Test your Instructions and procedures to evaluate for effectiveness

Target Learner

Professionals across various industries seeking to enhance their ability to create clear and concise instructional materials.

Course Topics

  • Techncial Writing
  • Instruction Delivery

Meet the Course Developers

Dr. Tracy Bridgeford

Professor of English and Director of Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

Dr. Bridgeford's Bio



This non-credit course is offered online using the Canvas LMS, over a 6-week period. It is asynchronous, but not self-paced. You will have a total of 56 days to complete the course. The 56 days to complete begins on the day of enrollment and under no circumstances will extensions be given. This course takes approximately 15 hours to complete. You should plan to spend about 2-3 hours per week. You will be assessed throughout the course to demonstrate proficiency on the subject matter. You must pass all assessments before receiving the course badge. 


Refunds: Please note the course price does not include any credit card processing fees required by our vendor. Refunds can be issued within 48 hours of registration; no refunds will be given after the course has begun.