Online Technical and Business Writing Courses Offered Free by Top Educational Websites

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Online technical and business writing courses are offered for free from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Utah State University, and Penn State University. Courses will cover the basics of entering this field of writing.
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Free Technical and Business Writing Courses

Technical and business writing courses are available at many schools. Some websites also cover topics like a beginner's guide to technical writing and how to become one.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers course on tech communication and organizations. Course topics will cover areas such as public audiences, scientific investigation, and web design.

Klariti.com

This website provides students with the chance to learn about technical writing online for free. The user guide to technical writing will discuss topics like identifying your audience, page layout, and writing procedures.

Utah State University

This course from Utah State University will teach students about using technology as a professional writer. Lecture notes are available as PDFs. Some lecture topics include origins of computing technology, history of mainframes, and dangers to computers.

Penn State University

Penn State offers PowerPoint presentations on technical writing for interested individuals. The craft of science writing will be discussed. Classroom exercises will also cover style, headings, and illustration.

DocSymmetry.com

This website offers a lesson in becoming a technical writer. Students can learn about the business of technical writing, creating an industry resume, grammar, software, and creating a sample book.

Purdue University

This course from Purdue's Online Writing Lab will cover various topics on technical writing. Topics include effective workplace writing, parallel structure, and tone in business writing.

Free Online Technical and Business Writing Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Intro to Tech Communication course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/external reading resources Yes No Yes
Communicating in Technical Organizations course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Introduction to Technical Communication course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Beginner's Guide to Technical Writing from Klariti.com Beginner Online lesson/screenshots No No Yes
Technology for Professional Writers course from Utah State University Unspecified Lecture notes/external reading resources No No Yes
Technical Writing Slides from Penn State University Unspecified Online lessons/PowerPoint presentations Yes No Yes
Becoming a Technical Writer online lesson from DocSymmetry.com Unspecified Online lesson No No Yes
Professional, Technical Writing course from Purdue University Unspecified Text lessons No No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Professional and Technical Writing
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Writing
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Advertising and Public Relations
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Literacy
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
      • Ph.D in Literacy: Literacy
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Queens University of Charlotte

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication - General
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided
  • Online Programs Available
    10. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

Featured Schools

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment

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Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Professional and Technical Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Writing

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Saint John's University

  • Ph.D. in Literacy
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Communication

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Grand Canyon University

  • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
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Penn Foster Career School

  • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer

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