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Fundamentals of Effective Business Communication in Writing for your World: (Blended Learning!)
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This workshop will provide participants with practical tools and strategies for writers to perform their required writing tasks more accurately, effectively, and efficiently. *NEW START DATE* Online training begins April 5, 2017. In-person final session on May 3, 2017, 4:00-5:30PM (Total of 6 contact hours)

When: Online training begins April 5, 2017 – In-person final session on May 3, 2017, 4:00-5:30PM
Where: ONLINE (3 modules) and final in-person session at Arcadis Office
213 Court Street
Suite 700
Middletown, Connecticut  06457
United States
Presenter: Beth Richards, Director First- and Second-Year Writing Programs, University of Hartford
Contact: Laura Eldredge

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Fundamentals of Effective Business Communication in Writing for your World


ONLINE TRAINING: Begins April 5, 2017

IN-PERSON SESSION: May 3, 2017 (4:00 - 5:30 P.M.)


Blended Learning Session

What is "Blended Learning"?  Blended learning sessions (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses) are classes where a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. This allows the participant to work through most of the training at their own pace, and according to their own schedule.


Description of this Session

Every business and industry needs skilled writers to communicate effectively with both internal and external clients.  This workshop will provide participants with practical tools and strategies for writers to perform their required writing tasks more accurately, effectively, and efficiently. 


To maximize your learning experience, we are using a combination of online learning modules, real-world writing assignments and final face-to-face group session. Participants will gain practical, hands-on experience in writing that is specific to their individual needs.  The online learning platform allows participants to work through the training modules according to their schedule … perfect for the busy professional!


Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the concept of audience/reader and perform a simple reader analysis.

  • Implement multiple strategies for adapting technical or expert information for audiences with less expertise.

  • Recognize and effectively use appropriate formats and channels for communication within an organization.

  • Revise written documents to produce clear, concise, readable prose.

  • Use tools such as PowerPoint and computer generated graphics effectively for both technical and non-technical audiences.


Beth Richards, Director First- and Second-Year Writing Programs, University of Hartford

Beth Richards in an assistant professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages at the University of Hartford, teaching first-year writing, grant and proposal writing, professional writing, and editing. Before coming to the University of Hartford she was a technical writer for engineering, medical equipment, nursing education, and audio manufacturing companies. 


Training Details and Schedule

Workshop consists of 3 online modules with assessments and writing assignments, and an in-person final session.  Participants should plan to spend approximately 90 minutes each week to complete each online training module and assignments. 


Participants will earn a total of 6 contact hours for the entire workshop. 

  • Training module 1:  Can be completed anytime between 4/5/17 at NOON until 4/12/17 at 11:59PM
  • Training module 2:  Can be completed anytime between 4/12/17 at NOON until 4/19/17 at 11:59PM
  • Training module 3:  Can be completed anytime between 4/19/17 at NOON until 4/26/17 at 11:59PM
  • In-person final session:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (LOCATION: Arcadis office, 213 Court Street, Suite 700, Middletown, CT)


Participants will need

  • To set up a Microsoft Office Mix account (this is free and can be set up using an existing Microsoft or Google email account, Facebook account or work email account).  Instructions will be provided.

  • Access to a device: Office Mix supports the latest version of all major browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari) on desktops, laptops, Windows tablets and Apple® Macintosh®  computers.



  • Who is the Target Audience?  The target audience for this session is anyone!  Participants will be able to work on sample writing/communication that is relevant to their real-world experience.  This workshop will be beneficial for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively in emails, memos, reports, presentations and other professional documents. 

  • Will I receive feedback on assignments?  Yes, participants will get feedback as they go along through the online modules.  Beth Richards is an experienced University of Hartford Faculty member, and has experience teaching online courses.  


Members: $250/ Non-Members: $300

Members, please login prior to registering to receive the member discount.

Continuing Educational Credit

Construction Institute is an AIA Registered Provider and a CCM Recertification Point Provider.  


Course attendees are eligible to receive 0.6 Continuing Education Units, 6 CCM Renewal Points, and/or 6 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units, verified through certificates of attendance, which are sent to participants after completion of workshop and assessment.


Course attendees wishing to receive AIA Continuing Education Learning Units and/or CCM Renewal Points should check in at the sign-in desk and fill out the appropriate attendance form(s) to receive credit.





For more information

For questions, contact Laura Eldredge at


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