Technical Editing and Carolyn Rude by yof30627


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									The Training Project
        Basic Copyediting

             By Lindsey Conroy
                  July 30, 2007

The Topic

Basic Copyediting

This module teaches students the fundamentals of
copyediting, namely, markup symbols and their usage and
the proper editing procedures for correcting grammar,
spelling, and conventions of style in documents as
demonstrated in Carolyn Rude’s Technical Editing.

The Audience
English majors/minors, predominantly Technical
Communication students, enrolled in 4366 Technical and
Professional Editing.

These students have:
   At least six hours of junior-level coursework.
   Proficiency in grammar, spelling, and conventions of style.
   Academic and professional motivations beyond this course to
    successfully complete this module and acquire lasting
The Objective

Provide students with a self-paced training supplement that
teaches the basic copyediting skills and provides practice
opportunities for using markup symbols, reference
materials, and electronic editing in revising documents.

The Purpose

This module complements the 4366 Technical and
Professional Editing face-to-face course currently offered
at Texas Tech University and provides students with
multiple opportunities to practice their copyediting skills
before we delve more heavily into the subject as a class.

After students have completed the supplemental course, I
can reinforce the newly acquired knowledge in the
traditional classroom setting.
The Goals

Students will accomplish that objective through:

   Learning to use markup symbols.
   Discovering the value of reference materials in editing.
   Committing editorial terminology and its use to memory.
   Editing practice documents for consistency, correctness,
    accuracy, and completeness.

As a by-product, this knowledge will also create awareness
in the students’ own work and improve self-editing.
The Tools

   Textbooks: Carolyn Rude’s Technical Editing, 4th
    edition; Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition; and
    Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
   Software: MS FrontPage 2003, MS PowerPoint 2003,
    MS Word 2003, Snagit, PDF Online, Internet Explorer
   Hardware: HP Pavilion a620n, Lexmark x2350 scanner

The Look

The Design

The simple design consists of a
bright, contrasting color palette, two
stock images, and an Adobe graphic
docking module link.

The Design

I chose variations of Arial and Verdana
text; the red and black colors stand out
nicely against the white and green

The Design

Most computer screens need vertical scroll to display the
entire contents of the training project site.

The fixed-width display creates consistency and best
accommodates the changing contents of the largest white     11
frame from page-to-page.
The Structure

A classic-tutorial structure is conducive to this module’s
linear, bottom-up teaching sequence and is beneficial to
college students who are familiar with the traditional
schooling format.

The Navigation

       The left menu provides an overview of
       the site as well as guided navigation. I
       scrapped my plans for incorporating
       "toggle" buttons in favor of a wholly
       visible navigation menu. It's easier to
       use and more visually appealing.

       A breadcrumb trail is another
       navigational tool seen on the site;
       however, it acts more as a position
       marker as there are no hyperlinks. I
       didn't think another navigational tool
       was necessary for such a small site.
The Lessons

   Lesson 1: Copyediting – An Overview
   Lesson 2: Markup Symbols and Their Usage
   Lesson 3: Using Reference Materials in Editing
   Lesson 4: Electronic Editing

The Lessons

   Each lesson contains an introduction, lecture, and
    exercise: students will view a brief 5-10 page lecture that
    discusses and demostrates the topic, then students will
    print the exercise (in Lesson 4, they don’t—they just use
    MS Word for an e-editing exercise), scan it, and attach it
    in an email to me.
   I then will grade the exercises and return them to the
    students within two class periods so they can learn from
    my feedback and grasp their progress.

The Activities

                   These lectures walk students
                   through the steps of
                   copyediting and offer
                   students important
                   information needed to
                   complete lesson exercises
                   that follow.

                   I also supply the chapter
                   number so students can
                   connect their readings to
                   these lectures.
The Activities

                   Each lesson has an
                   exercise in either PDF or
                   MS Word format.

                   These exercises provide
                   practice for each lesson
                   topic, and in the case of
                   Lessons 2, 3, and 4, they
                   include skills learned from
                   the prior lessons.
The Activities

                   I created a Wiki for student
                   discussion of the lesson
                   topics and relevant queries.

                   In addition, another
                   hyperlink allows students to
                   post editing mistakes
                   they’ve found in print and
                   online material. They further
                   apply their knowledge when
                   they suggest corrections for
                   the found mistakes.        18
The Exam

Similar to the lesson
exercises, the final exam
tests the students’ retention
of the skills taught in the

The Outcome

Upon completion, students will know the basic copyediting
skills and effectively use markup symbols, reference
materials, and electronic editing in an academic and
professional setting.

The End

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