Markel, Practical Strategies for Technical Communication, 2e

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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 Practical Strategies 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, 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.


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

The online equivalent of the Document Analysis Activities included in the print book, these models introduce students to the kinds of multimedia documents that can exist only online—such as a recommendation report presented as a podcast and a definition delivered via video and animation. Each model is accompanied by a set of assessment questions to guide students in their analysis.

Downloadable Forms

Students can download and work with a variety of forms discussed throughout the text, including an audience profile sheet, a team-member evaluation form, and an oral presentation evaluation form.

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 is an adaptive, game-like quizzing program that helps students with whatever they're having the most trouble with. LearningCurve activities cover the technical communications environment, audience and purpose, research, organizing and emphasizing information, writing effective sentences, and communicating persuasively. Activities on reading and grammar topics, including common issues for multilingual writers, are also included in LaunchPad.

Team Writing Assignment 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, and suggested responses for every Document Analysis Activity, exercise, and case in the book.

Additional Cases and Exercises

In the Instructor e-Book, you'll also find even more cases and exercises for every chapter of the text. Suggested responses for each exercise are also available.

Instructor Resources (downloadable)

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

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.