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Single-Sourcing and Methodology

In the Single-Sourcing and Methodology course you'll study workflows and learn how agile methodology can help you successfully work as a technical writer in any team. You'll also focus on editing existing technical writing documents in order to establish or work within brand standards for your organization. You will practice this process by creating a high-quality and accessible document that follows industry best practices.

What is Single-Sourcing?

Single-sourcing refers to a style of documentation management where every piece is written and saved separately. By learning how to work in this way, you can ensure that no content is ever duplicated, no matter how many times a section is needed in a certain document.

In this course, you will also establish best practices for your personal workflow to help keep you on track. Additionally, you will learn best practices for technical writing, including elements like using active voice in addition to following required legal and safety standards.

What You'll Learn

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand and explain workflows.
  • Set up and understand file storage systems.
  • Name specific workplace preferences and strategies that contribute to your workflow.
  • Describe and understand the benefits of single-sourcing.
  • Create a unified structure for a document.
  • Make an accessible word document.
  • Determine a reviewing and maintenance schedule.

Technical Writing Certificate

The certificate series includes the following component courses, which may be taken together or individually:

  1. Free Introduction to Technical Writing (self-paced)
  2. Manuals: Instructions and Overviews
  3. Usability and User-Centered Design
  4. Technical Editing: SOPs and Flowcharts
  5. Single-Sourcing and Methodology
  6. Portfolio Creation

Please note that the Free Intro to Tech Writing class is self-paced and not required to receive a certificate. If you are new to technical writing, it is recommended that you complete this course and also take the other courses in the order outlined here.

Spring 2023
April 3 - 30, 2023
Summer 2023
June 26 - July 23, 2023
4 weeks | Asynchronous
price (2)
$499 (+$60 registration fee)
Additional Information:
3.2 CEUs | 32 Hours

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