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Training developers are continually being called upon to deliver more for less – courses that can be easily reused and customized for each client, content appropriate for both print and electronic delivery, material that can remain current and relevant with minimal effort – all without increasing staff or extending deadlines. A variety of tools promise to help, but tools are only as good as the content they contain. The content itself must be well structured and conform to a common standard. The Darwin Information Type Architecture (DITA) is an XML standard that defines an architecture for designing, authoring, publishing, and managing content. Its latest release specifically addresses the needs of the learning and training community.
In this workshop, you are introduced to the OASIS DITA standard and begin using it to create basic training content, including training plans, concept, task, and reference content, and assessments. You learn how DITA provides a common topic structure that enables you to piece together content in a variety of ways and output that content to a number of media and formats, including SCORM packages for uploading into an LMS. You see how DITA allows you to address the needs of multiple audiences or subtle differences in content within a single topic, eliminating repetition that leads to higher translation and maintenance costs. And you experience first-hand the strategies and processes required to successfully implement the DITA standard within your organization.
Who should attend?
Participants need not be familiar with DITA to take this course. Experienced DITA users will find that the emphasis on learning and training applications presents familiar DITA elements in a new way.
Using a combination of core DITA elements and the Learning and Training specialization, you will learn to