Markel, Technical Communication, 11e

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LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Technical Communication.

What resources are available for my students?

From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.



The e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all reading selections, activities, Genres in Conversation, and pedagogical tools. At the top right of each e-Book page is a page reference number so that students can go back and forth between their e-Book and their printed book, if they wish.


e-book with Activity


Document-based cases, previously included at the end of each chapter, are now presented online, where students can familiarize themselves with each scenario, download and work with related documents, and access assignment questions in a single space.


Document Analysis Activities

A library of real multimedia documents that harness digital technologies in exciting new ways, each accompanied by prompts to help students analyze them.


Downloadable Forms

Students can download and work with a variety of helpful forms discussed throughout the text.



Each chapter is accompanied by a set of exercises that allow students to put into the practice the concepts they've learned. Some activities were developed specifically for teams of students, and are marked accordingly.


Further Reading

Students have full access to two Bedford/St. Martin's e-books: Document-Based Cases for Technical Communication, Second Edition, by Roger Munger, and Team Writing by Joanna Wolfe.



LearningCurve, a fun adaptive quizzing program, meets students where they are and gives them the extra support they need when they need it. LearningCurve activities cover material from the first ten chapters of the text, along with key topics for multilingual writers.


Video Activities

Team Writing Modules

These modules, built around five short videos of real team interactions, focus on the role of written communication in teamwork. They teach students how to use written documentation to manage a team by producing task schedules, minutes, charters, and other materials and also provide models for working on large collaborative documents.



Engaging tutorials show students helpful tools and tips for creating their projects and guidance on how to best use them, as well as the documentation process for citing the sources in MLA and APA styles.


What resources are available for instructors?

From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.


Instructor’s Resource Manual

The Instructor's Resource Manual includes chapter summaries, teaching approaches, teaching topics, suggested responses to every Document Analysis Activity, exercise, and case in the book and more.


Instructor Page

Find and assign even more cases and exercises for every chapter of the text.


Additional Cases

Find and assign even more cases and exercises for every chapter of the text.


Additional Exercises

Find and assign even more exercises for every chapter of the text. Suggested responses for each exercise are also available.


Instructor Resources (downloadable)

Sample Syllabi

Refer to sample syllabi for a variety of courses and semester schedules, some of which were provided by users of the book.


Suggested Responses to Cases and Exercises

Download suggested responses to every additional exercise and case available in the LaunchPad.


Lecture Slides

Download and adapt these PowerPoint-based lecture slides for use in the classroom.


Test Bank

Located under Resources > Questions by Chapter, the test bank offers a convenient way to provide additional assessment to students. It includes multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions for every chapter of the book. The questions can be individually assigned or added to existing assignments.