Discover win-win tips on communicating with programmers to make your project go more smoothly and efficiently. Just one tip may make the difference between a timeline being met or misunderstanding being clarified. Every occupation has some unique characteristics, terms, approaches, ways of thinking and professional motivations.  Come away with strategies for communicating  with your techie, consultant or tech team for a win-win working relationship. 

 outlineCourse Outline

Unit 1: Speaking their language
-How techies communicate with non-techies
-Some terms to use
-The 3 things techies care about most

Unit 2: Communication Strategies
-When things go wrong
-Working out problems
-Holding meetings with your techie/s

Unit 3: Understanding the techie brain
-Myths about nerds and techies
-Brain neurology common to the highly visual, spatially adept
-Communication strengths and weaknesses common to techies

Unit 4: Intrinsic rewards for programmers
-That sense of achievement
-What many techies fear most
-Complimenting and appreciating your techie

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun. 


Next offering(s):

Basic Programming Concepts
-Next session coming soon-

Communicating with Programmers
November 2 - 27

How Programming Works
-Next session coming soon-

$495.00 USD

$245 USD

Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructors

Tonya D. Wright is an accomplished web designer and programmer with 15 years of experience in web design and leading teams developing new media marketing.

Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives

Learners will:
-Acquire terms and concepts to use in communicating with programmers
-Gain an understanding of common brain traits of spatially gifted programmers
-Explore communication strategies for working with programmers on projects
-Understand some common intrinsic motivations and rewards programmers value

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will:

-Know important terms and language to use with programmers
-Understand different communication strategies for working with techies
-Be able to better navigate and work through programming and project issues
-Know how to create a win-win working relationship for greater project success

Completion Requirements