Module 3: Editing, Content Strategy, and Information Architecture

Learning Objectives (Purpose)

After doing this assignment, you should be able to:

  • Understand some of the important moves involved with editing documents
  • Understand some of the important moves involved with content strategy
  • Conceptually understand information architecture and its scope
  • Adequately respond to a communication situation with these moves
  • Produce various types of professional documents that utilize these moves

writing Technologies

You will need access to:

  1. A web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or–if you absolutely must–Internet Explorer)
  2. A word processor

Description (Situation)

Guiding other people through complex information is becoming an important professional role in the information economy. This is the job of any good editor, content strategist, or information architect, which are professional roles linked to, or starting to replace, that of the technical writer. In each case, whether you are editing physical documents, curating web content, or designing the information architecture of a website, the goal is to guide audiences to the information they desire in the simplest and most efficient way possible.

Documents You Must Produce for this Project (Media and modes)

The following writing and review tasks must be completed in Eli by the following dates / times:

  • Brainstorming Editing Situations – 10/10 by by Midnight Eastern Time
  • Review of Brainstorming Editing Situations – 10/14 by Midnight ET
  • Draft of an Editorial Document – 10/16 by Midnight ET
  • Review of Draft of an Editorial Document  – 10/17 by Midnight ET

The following must be posted to Blackboard by the following date / time:

The following must be posted to this course website by the following date / time:

  • Your document final draft – 10/21 by Midnight ET
  • A comment on the posts of each of your peers – 10/23 by Midnight ET

Audiences

The primary audience for your module is the writer or designer of the document you are editing. You should keep them in mind at all times as you draft your deliverable. Your instructor is an important audience member as well, however, who will evaluate your deliverable based on the grading criteria for this module.

To Complete This Project (Workflow)

1) 10/9 by Midnight Eastern Time >>

Do Homework #3

2) 10/10 by Midnight ET >>

Do some brainstorming and then post your ideas to the “Brainstorming Editing Situations” task on Eli.

The point of this project is to produce a document that forces you to think like an editor. Below are some possibilities for how to go about this (but are certainly not the only ways to complete this module):

  • Edit a professional document that is in need of it and demonstrate that your edits improved the document in substantive ways.
  • Do a formal review of a draft of an article or other short publication, and communicate needed changes to the author.
  • Do a simple content audit of a webpage or a few webpages (not an entire site) and make recommendations from your audit.
  • Do a simple content audit of a few different kinds of documents for one organization (pdfs, webpages, social media accounts, etc.).
  • Create a classification scheme for organizing content on a webpage or in a document.

2) 10/14 by Midnight ET >>

Complete the “Review of Editing Situations” on Eli and help your peers flesh out their ideas.

3) 10/16 by Midnight ET >>

Complete the “Draft of an Editorial Document” on Eli

Every good editor knows that their goal is to communicate what needs to be changed to the writer or designer who is their audience. Your document should do this in the most efficient and effective way possible, given the specific audience you’re editing for.

4) 10/17 in by Midnight ET >>

Complete the “Review of Draft of Editorial an Document” on Eli

6) 10/21 by Midnight ET >>

Submit your Cover Letter and document final draft to Blackboard

Post a your document final draft to this course website

7) 10/23 by Midnight ET >>

Make a comment on the posts of each of your peers on this course website

Grading Criteria

Can be found here: grading criteria for Module 3