Markel/Selber, Technical Communication, 12e

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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 presents an online version of the complete textbook.


Students can master the material covered in the first ten chapters of the text as well as key grammar skills with LearningCurve, a fun adaptive quizzing program that meets students where they are and gives them the extra support they need when they need it.


Document-based cases (one for each chapter) are 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

Document Analysis Activities from the book present real-word sample documents along with questions that prompt students to analyze the document based on what they’ve just read.

Multimedia Document Analysis Activities

Multimedia Document Analysis Activities let students analyze videos, interactive graphics, and other sample documents that harness digital technologies in exciting ways.

Downloadable Forms

Students can download and work with a variety of helpful forms discussed throughout the text, such as an Audience Profile Sheet, forms for group projects, and an Oral Presentation Evaluation Form.

Supplemental e-Books

  • Document-Based Cases for Technical Communication, Second Edition, by Roger Munger, features seven realistic scenarios, each with multiple assignments in which students can practice workplace writing skills.
  • Team Writing, by Joanna Wolfe, focuses on the role of written communication in teamwork. Built around five short videos of real team interactions, Team Writing teaches students how to use written documentation to manage a team and provides models for working on large collaborative documents.


Engaging tutorials demonstrate helpful digital tools and tips for creating writing projects as well as advice for documenting sources in APA and MLA styles.

Grammar Girl Podcasts

Students have access to more than 100 Grammar Girl podcasts that offer a different way to experience and understand writing, grammar, and punctuation. Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl) offers clear, upbeat, and sometimes humorous takes on a variety of English-language topics. Students can use the podcasts to prepare for class, edit a draft, review a topic, or learn more about a topic of interest. Each podcast comes with a downloadable transcript.

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.

Additional Exercises and Cases

A collection of additional chapter exercises and case scenarios provides you with more options to choose assignments that suit your course.

Test Bank

The Test Bank contains multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions for every chapter in the book. You can add pre-built Quizzes to any unit or build your own tests from the test bank questions.

Instructor’s Resource Manual

In addition to chapter overviews and teaching tips, the instructor’s manual includes sample syllabi, essays on teaching the tech-comm course, and suggested responses to all of the Document Analysis Activities, Multimedia Document Analysis Activities, Exercises, and Cases.

Lecture Slides

Lecture slides are available to download and adapt for each chapter.

Suggested Responses and Scoring Guides

LaunchPad also provides you with suggested responses for the Additional Exercises and Cases; scoring guides for assignments from Document-Based Cases for Technical Communication, Second Edition; and advice for evaluating team work when using Team Writing.

REEF Starter Pack

If you’re using REEF polling in your course, you will notice we’ve included a Starter Pack of slides with questions you can use to poll students on topics related to the tech comm course. This REEF starter pack is a sample of questions that you are free to adapt or use as is. With REEF, anything on your screen can become material for a comprehension check, quick poll, or classroom debate. The starter pack uses mostly multiple-choice questions and target questions that ask students to “touch” the correct answer.