Editing Digital Content (e-learning)

Editing Digital Content explains the key differences between print and digital media, showing how the processes and workflow differ. It is ideal for editors who want to expand their capabilities and understanding, particularly in the educational publishing arena.

About the course

Editing Digital Content will help you understand the processes of digital publishing, from project management to proofreading. The course uses working interactive examples. It is for you if:

  • you want to expand your editorial capabilities and understanding in relation to digital media for the educational market
  • you need guidance on digital workflows
  • you work in the educational publishing arena. 

What the course will teach you

By the time you’ve completed this training, you’ll understand:

  • what digital content is and where to use it
  • the similarities between print and digital publishing
  • how digital content differs from print publishing
  • how to proofread digital content
  • how to manage digital content using interactive examples
  • how to apply your print-content skills to the digital editorial world.

Course content

Unit 1: What is digital content?

  • Interactive content

  • Non-interactive content

  • Examples

Unit 2: How is digital content the same as print publishing?

  • Workflow

  • Style sheets, design specifications and typographical errors

  • Reading for sense

  • Word counts

Unit 3: How is digital content different from print publishing?

  • Project design

  • Functional specifications

  • Templates

  • Metadata

  • Accessibility, usability and UX design

Unit 4: Proofreading digital content

  • Checking the content

  • Recording your findings

What skills and tools do you need?

This course follows British English spelling, grammar and punctuation conventions in the main. You’ll also need:

  • basic proofreading and copyediting knowledge
  • fluency in English
  • a knowledge of English grammar
  • familiarity with the functions of word processing programs – this course assumes use of MS Word (Office 365)
  • some knowledge of educational publishing.


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Prices, timescales and upgrade points

  • Member: £95 + VAT
  • Non-member: £150 + VAT
  • Access to course: 6 months
  • Approximate study time to complete: 15–20 hours
  • CIEP upgrade points: 3


Key course features

Structured training

Structured units cover a range of topics relevant to your chosen course.

Self-paced learning

With our e-learning courses, learn when you want at a pace that’s convenient for you.

Training portal

Access your course via our user-friendly online training portal. All e-learning courses are accessible through the portal for six months from the date of enrolment.

Extra help

Additional tutor support is available on our self-assessed courses for a small fee.

Self-assessed exercises

Hone your skills with self-assessed exercises and quizzes, and mark your own work against model answers.


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Since I joined the CIEP, I have completed a number of courses ranging from the more general Copyediting 1 to the more specific References and have picked up some brilliant tips from the Word for Practical Editing course (no matter how much you think you know about Word, you’ll learn something new on this one). Each one has been well laid out, clear, packed with valuable information and worth every penny. I’ll be signing up for more as soon as possible.



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