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This course and these—Advanced Technical Communication: Recent Developments 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 Projects in Technical Communication, part of the Certificate for Current Technical Writers, you study and practice using product specifications to create user-guide documents, work with developers to create documentation for highly technical products, "curate" social media information and create user-guide documents from it, develop styles and templates, conduct a usability edit, make documents fully responsive for different devices, create video recording for software, and get an overview of internationalization and localization processes and guidelines. . (This course is the second 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: From Product Specifications to User Guide

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for creating user documents from product specifications to practice this essential skill.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 2: Documenting an Advanced Technology Product

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for documenting advanced-technology products to practice creating usable accurate documents from advanced-technology product about which you cannot be an expert.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 3: From Social Media to User Guide

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for creating user docs from social media information to .
  2. Read Credibility on the internet: shifting from authority to reliability. R. David Lankes, Journal of Documentation, 2008.
  3. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 4: Developing Templates with Styles

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for templates to develop a template that contains character and paragraph styles, abbreviations, formatting, and more.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 5: Usability Editing

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for usability edits to plan, conduct, and report on a usability edit for a selected document.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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Unit 6: Responsive Document Design and Production

For this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for responsive documents to learn how to produce onei that can be viewed easily in all three standard devices.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

Due date: mmddyy

Unit 7: Video Recordings for Technical Communication

In this unit:

  1. Use the study guide for creating video training tutorials to practice this increasingly important skill.
  2. When your instructor has reviewed and signed off on this project, post it in your online portfolio.

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