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DCE Collaborates to Offer a MOOC

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Posted on Aug, 21 2013

August 21st, 2013 (Fargo, ND)- NDSU Distance and Continuing Education is collaborating with JER Online to offer a massive open online course (MOOC) titled "The Fundamentals of Structured Writing for Technical Documentation".



Course Description

The field of technical writing has come a long way from writing clearly and concisely using a keyboard into a new world of structured writing and content management. Documents are no longer written and published as individual entities within a documentation set but rather written as data segments for reuse on systems that automate processes for controlling and managing the segments. Information is no longer published as a document solely for paper ouput, but for electronic access on PCs, cell phones, and other handheld devices. This means that the technical writer today must be familiar with the solutions that employ the features of structured writing for reuse, and the latest standard approaches for segmenting and storing information for output to multiple types of formats and access on different devices.

The course is designed to further your technical writing skills with use of XMetaL, XML, and the DITA standard. It also introduces you to other writing standards, output options, and content management systems. Basic knowledge of writing standards, output options, and content management systems is helpful.

Participants can choose to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. The cost of the Certificate and Processing will generally be $59.00 (US) domestic and $69.00 (US) international.

For this self-paced course, the average time of completion is 6-7 weeks. There are 7 lessons. You may complete the lessons and activities at your own pace after the course start date and complete the work as quickly as you care to.



Register online at ndsu.me/dcem1308b


Information on Our Partnership with JER Online

NDSU’s Distance and Continuing Education Office partners with JER Online to offer cost affordable, non-credit classes and certificates ranging from accounting to programming. JER Online classes and certificates are industry developed, giving you access to the same e-learning that business and industry uses for their employees. For other JER Online class offerings through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education, navigate to our course catalog at http://www.coursecatalog.com/ndsu . For more technical communication courses visit Techwriter-Certificate.

If interested in this MOOC, NDSU Distance and Continuing Education also works with JER Online to offer professional technical writing certificates. Please visit this website for registration and more information on the professional technical writing certificate.