Single sourcing and content reuse training course

This is part of our intermediate/advanced technical communication training course

Cherryleaf's intermediate/advanced technical communication skills course provides you with access to a collection of online training modules, under a low cost monthly subscription plan.Go to our elearning platform

This online training course teaches the basic skills in single sourcing and writing content for reuse.

The ten learning modules in this course contain videos of the trainer with supporting slides and images. The course includes exercises for the delegates to complete and review.

Who is this course for?

If you need a solid understanding of the basics of single sourcing and content reuse, this affordable training course is ideal for you.

Recommended by the ASTC

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About the course

The course comprises ten modules in total, which you can complete at your own pace. The course will take delegates approximately 1/2 to 1 day to complete.

The course modules are delivered via the Web in small, manageable modules, totalling 81 minutes. With the exercises, each delegate will need to allocate around four to seven hours to complete the course.

The exercises and course notes are provided as PDFs and a Word document.

Course outline


Single Sourcing definitions

  • What is single sourcing?

Why single source?

When single sourcing might be a bad idea

Writing for re-use

  • Single sourcing across documents
  • Single sourcing across different media (mobile, paper etc)
  • Creating variations of the same document
  • The writing process

Structured v unstructured writing

Planning and designing single sourced content

  • Authoring Guidelines and Style Guides
  • Defining information types, content types, metadata dimensions
  • Content modelling and mapping
  • Mapping to output type
  • Publishing single sourced content

Single sourcing software


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