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This course and these—Advanced Projects in Technical Communication and Career as a Lead Technical Writer—will be ready end of August 2017 from JER Online.

These courses—Technical Communication: The Profession, Writing Style, and Format, Technical Reports for Industry, Government, and BusinessUser Documentation for Technology Products—are ready and available now at JER Online.

This view of the course does not include links to the individual units.

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In Advanced Technical Communication: Recent Developments, you get an overview and some practice with the following topics: single sourcing and do some simple practice using those concepts, accessiblity standards and guidelines, structured authoring, content management, Agile and Sprint documentation methods, international and localization standards, and responsive formatting for different devices. (This course is the first in the Current Technical Writer Certificate.)

When you complete a unit, click the Completed button for that unit. If you mistakenly mark a unit as completed, contact your instructor (or just wait until you've actually completed it.)

Getting Started

Please read the overview of this course to learn how it works and what the requirements are. Make sure that you understand the objectives of this course, the schedule of activities, the methods of operation, and the assessment of your work.

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Unit 1: Single Sourcing: an Introduction

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for single sourcing and learn or review strategies for creating documents that can be output into different media such as PDF, help, and HTML.
  2. Read the Foreward, Preface, and Chapter 1, "Towards the Future of Documentation" and take the reading quiz in Conversation and Commmunity: The Social Web for Documentation.
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 2: Accessibility: an Overview

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for accessibility and learn or review standards and guidelines for creating documents that are accessible to people with disabilities.
  2. Read Chapter 2, "Defining a Writer's Role with the Social Web," and take the reading quiz and Chapter 3, "Community and Documentation," and take the reading quiz (based on Conversation and Commmunity: The Social Web for Documentation).
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 3: Structured Authoring: an Overview

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for structured authoring to get an overview of using XML and DITA to create structured documents that can be used in many different ways.
  2. Read Chapter 4, "Commenting and Connecting with Users," and take the reading quiz and Chapter 5, "Wikis as Documentation Systems," and take the reading quiz (based on Conversation and Commmunity: The Social Web for Documentation).
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 4: Content Management: an Overview

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for content management to get an overview of how content-management strategies can be employed to resuse topics to create different documents and how web content management systems can be used by contributors who do not know HTML, CSS, or operating system commands..
  2. Read Chapter 6, "Finding Your Voice," and take the reading quiz and Chapter 7, "Content Strategy for Community Documentation," and take the reading quiz (based on Conversation and Commmunity: The Social Web for Documentation).
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 5: Agile and Book Sprint Documentation

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for Agile and book sprint to get a thorough introduction to Agile and book sprint development methods.
  2. Read Chapter 8, "Analyzing and Measuring Web Techniques," in Conversation and Commmunity: The Social Web for Documentation and take the reading quiz.
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 6: Internationalization/Localization

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for internationalization/location and learn or review standards and guidelines for internationalizing and localizing information.
  2. Read Chapter 9, "Open Source Documentation," (stop at "Learning about Social Media") in Conversation and Commmunity: The Social Web for Documentation and take the reading quiz.
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 7: Responsive Document Design

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for responsive design and learn or review how to make online documents "responsive" to the different devices they may be viewed in.
  2. Read Chapter 9, "Open Source Documentation," (from "Learning about Social Media" to chapter end) in Conversation and Commmunity: The Social Web for Documentation and take the reading quiz.
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 8: Study Options for Recent Developments

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for user experience and learn or review how to .
  2. Use the study guide for content strategy and learn or review how to .
  3. Use the study guide for data visualization and learn or review .
  4. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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