Teaching Business, Technical and Academic Writing Online and Onsite: A Writing Pedagogy Sourcebook

This book grows out of the insights and proficiencies gained through teaching undergraduate and graduate students in onsite, online, and blended formats for almost three decades. Using a practitioner focus, it proffers best practices utilized and validated during the process of successfully instructing students in writing their scientific or technical proposals, professional or business reports, and academic papers or doctoral dissertations at premier American universities. The book guides facilitators through syllabus creation, discussion management, and open educational resources use, while specifically offering strategies and support to the underserved online writing teachers who utilize multimedia materials and virtual discussions in learning management systems to reach out to students. Also, insider insights and specialist knowledge on using visual creation tools and open educational resources are shared. The text is a must-have handbook for undergraduate and graduate teachers, and particularly fills the need for a helpful sourcebook for remote teaching in a post-COVID world.


A University Grants Commission scholar, Sarbani Sen Vengadasalam holds an MA, MPhil, PhD, and a professional MBA certificate. As a teacher, she has pioneered nearly 30 different blended, onsite, and online courses at prominent universities worldwide, and has also contributed to the profession through consultancies to leading global organizations such as Tata and the Infinitee Group. A founding member of the Graduate Writing Program at Rutgers University, USA, she is currently a senior faculty member in the Business and Technical Writing program at the same institution. Her publications include over 20 scholarly journal articles and the groundbreaking book New Postcolonial Dialectics (2019).

“Not only is Dr Sen Vengadasalam acutely aware of the current state of instruction of our professional writing population, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, she has been at the forefront of its evolution, and assists us, through this book, in leading our students and colleagues into its inevitable next stage. I am certain this text will remain one of my most valuable resources for years to come.”
William Magrino, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor, Rutgers University; Lead author, Scientific and Technical Writing & Business and Professional Writing

“Sarbani Sen Vengadasalam’s sharing of resources in this book, culled from a career in the field, is a sign of her meta-teaching; her syllabi and explication are “how-to” in that, with her academic writing pedagogy, Sarbani Sen Vengadasalam calls writers “teachers.” In that sense, she is the teacher of teachers.”
Miriam Jaffe, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor, Rutgers University; Associate Editor, Writing and Pedagogy

“This book is at one and the same time a theoretically sophisticated guide to the principles and best practices of writing instruction, a how to manual for designing and implementing writing courses across disciplines and modalities, as well as a sourcebook of course-ready exercises, assignments, syllabi, and daily schedules that will plug and play into classes across English, business, and scientific departments. Drawing on responses from employers themselves as well as the author’s own rich experiences in the academic and the corporate world, this is a book designed to train professionals to represent themselves and their institutions with distinction.”
Jonathan Elmore, PhD
Coordinator of First Year Writing, Savannah State University; Managing Editor, Watchung Review

“Industry advisory boards constantly bemoan that students are not adequately equipped with soft skills such as written communication and presentation skills. This book provides the means by which individual educators or academic communities can explore, discuss and address a widening communications gap within and without the institution. The book readily provides the basis for faculty development and training programs designed to meet the demands of the learning environment in the 21st century. A practical guide that integrates material from a very wide range of sources for busy academics, Dr Sen Vengadasalam’s sourcebook is preparing faculty for an interactive learning environment and shares best practices for integrating technology and technology-oriented thinking into course and syllabus design and the art and craft of online discussions.”
Deborah Helman
Marketing Professor; Editor, DeVry Journal of Scholarly Research

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ISBN: 1-5275-6873-3

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-6873-0

Release Date: 29th June 2021

Pages: 164

Price: £58.99

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