iFixit’s Technical Writing Program brings a hands-on, real-world technical writing project into university classrooms around the world. The program is a unique opportunity for student groups to document the repair of a consumer device through iFixit's collaborative online platform. The product of the students' efforts is a free repair manual for anyone to use, as part of iFixit's global effort to keep as many devices as possible out of landfills.
The project guides a group of students through the documentation process for replacing components in a consumer device — either one provided by iFixit, or one of their own choosing. These devices are usually electronics, but the possibilities can range from bicycles, to toasters, or even toys! In addition to a device, iFixit also provides each group with a general-purpose toolkit for disassembling it. The entire curriculum is hosted online at edu.ifixit.com, so students and instructors have access to it at any time. What's more, iFixit's technical writing staff is always reachable to answer questions from students or professors regarding the program, so you can rest assured that we're here to help if you need us!
The video below provides a short overview of iFixit's program:
And did we mention that it's all free? The curriculum, the devices, the tools, the web platform—everything you need to run the project is provided by iFixit! All of the instructions, from joining iFixit.com to adding content, are hosted on edu.ifixit.com through a variety of different media. When you start the project, iFixit sends you all the tools and devices you need for the project at no cost to you. When you finish, we pay to have them shipped back.
Still not convinced that this project is for you? Check out the Everything Is Awesome page to view photos from our annual Symposium for instructors, and see what our awesome students have to say about the project.
Read more about program benefits or contact us at education[at]ifixit[dot]com for more information!