Editing Digital Content

Who is this course suitable for?

This course covers digital content – a broad term covering any content that is not published in printed form. It is ideal for editors who want to expand their capabilities and understanding, particularly in the educational publishing arena.

Course description

The course explains the key differences in print and digital media and shows how the processes and workflow differ. The course will help you to identify the skills and knowledge you need to manage this type of content and provides some working interactive examples.

What you should know after the course

By the end of the course you will . . .

  • understand what digital content is and where to use it
  • understand how print and digital processes and workflow differ
  • know how to apply the skills you have acquired while working on printed content to the digital editorial world.
Curriculum snapshot

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E-learning courses take between 10 and 45 hours to complete, depending on the course, but you have access to the course materials for 6 months.

Prices are exclusive of tax, which will be added automatically at your local rate at checkout.

E-learning course structure

Time allowed for access: 6 months CIEP upgrade points: 3
Approximate study time needed to complete the course: 15–20 hours

This is a self-assessed course. You will be assigned a tutor who will be available for up to 1 hour of support (usually by email), but the tutor does not mark any of your work. When you have finished the course you can download and print a certificate that states that you have 'Completed' the course.


The course is divided into four units:

  • Unit 1 What is digital content?
  • Unit 2 How is digital content the same as print publishing?
  • Unit 3 How is digital content different from print publishing?
  • Unit 4 Proofreading digital content

Each of the four units is divided into sections:

  1. What is digital content?
    1.1 Interactive content
    1.2 Non-interactive content
    1.3 Examples
  2. How is digital content the same as print publishing?
    2.1 Workflow
    2.2 Style sheets, design specifications and typographical errors
    2.3 Reading for sense
    2.4 Word counts
  1. How is digital content different from print publishing?
    3.1 Project design
    3.2 Functional specifications
    3.3 Templates
    3.4 Metadata
    3.5 Accessibility, usability and UX design
  2. Proofreading digital content
    4.1 Checking the content
    4.2 Recording your findings

Each section includes study notes and a commentary on the exercises, with examples and model answers where appropriate. There are 20 exercises throughout the course, giving you plenty of practice at honing your skills.

Note that building your skills in Word and PDF mark-up is outside the scope of this course, nor do we cover editing website content generally. For more on these topics, we recommend CIEP’s other training courses: Word for Practical Editing and Web Editing.

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