Online Information Development Courses

Online Helps and Help-Authoring Tools

Coures Number: ETWR 2374
CE Number:  ETWR 2074
Course Description: Workshop-style course in which students study the evolution and function of online helps; critique existing online helps; learn structuring principles and navigation tools common in online helps; create online helps using several leading online help-authoring tools such as RoboHELP and AuthorIT; and write their own online helps for a software product.
For more information, see the master syllabus.

XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists

Course Number: ETWR 2473
CE Number: ETWR 2073
Course Description: Workshop-style course in which students study the concept of hypertext; learn structuring principles and navigation tools common in online information; create web pages using XHTML and CSS; get an introduction to web-page development tools such as Dreamweaver; and overview documentation trends such as structured authoring, single-sourcing, and XML.
For more information, see the master syllabus.

XML and DITA: Structured Authoring for Information Specialists

Course Number: ETWR 2478
CE Number: ETWR 2078
Course Description: Introduces XML, DITA, and related technologies focusing on their application in business, government, and technical communications. In addition to an overview of the raw materials needed to create and transform XML (DTDs, schemas, XSL and CSS stylesheets), the course introduces students to industry-standard solutions such as DocBook, DITA and the related tools, both commercial and open source. Students learn to create and validate XML documents and to transform them into a variety of output formats (HTML, CHM, PDF, RTF, MIF). Students also learn the origins and evolution of SGML and XML and how to evaluate the appropriateness of an XML-based solution for various situations they might encounter as professionals.
For more information, see the master syllabus.

Web-Based Content Management Systems

Course Number: ETWR 2479
CE Number: ETWR 2079
Course Description: Practice developing information collaboratively in a wiki application in a controlled, organized fashion. Individually, each student will learn how to install and set up a wiki (such as MediaWiki, which drives Wikipedia); handle basic administrative tasks for the wiki; learn how to create and format wiki pages; link to other wiki pages; comment or even edit others’ wiki pages; use the discussion feature to discuss pages with others; and use the history and watch features to document and monitor changes to wiki pages. Although MediaWiki may be the featured wiki application, this course can be changed to feature or include other applications such as Drupal or Joomla, depending on students’ preferences. This course features a group information-development project.
For more information, see the master syllabus.

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