iFixit Technical Writing Symposium 2015
Based on the astounding success of last year, iFixit will be hosting its third annual workshop May 21-23 to train educators who are interested in bringing iFixit’s Technical Writing Program to their universities. The workshop is a great opportunity to connect with veteran instructors, receive hands-on experience with the program, meet the folks behind iFixit, and enjoy a few days on California’s Central Coast. The workshop is free to attend, and all interested instructors are welcome. To register, please fill out this registration form.
Teaching technical communication to students—who often don’t see the importance of writing in their future careers—can be a formidable challenge. Finding ways to bring a sense of relevancy to the material is one of the greatest difficulties that instructors face in the classroom.
Six years ago, iFixit set out to engage students with a hands-on, repair-focused technical writing project. Since the iFixit Technical Writing Program’s inception in 2009, students from 37 universities have created 7,500 repair guides, which have helped over 15 million people worldwide to fix their things.
The program is a chance for students to engage in technical writing that has real-world impact. Students work on an actual device, author a complete repair manual, and gain experience creating contemporary, wiki-based online documentation.
More than just an excellent learning experience, the program has roots in a deeper mission: iFixit’s goal is to tackle the growing, global e-waste problem. The repair guides that students produce are responsible for keeping more household devices in use and out of landfills. For more information about the program, please visit the Prospective Universites page.
iFixit will also select candidates for iTRIP, iFixit’s Travel ReImbursement Program, to help cover travel costs for the workshop. If you are interested in applying for iTRIP, or have any questions about the workshop or the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the tentative program for the symposium. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.