Writing for the Web
Instructor: Rebecca Blakiston
Dates: March 5th through 30th, 2018
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Many users come to your website for information, and their ability to interpret the information you provide will make the difference between a good and a bad user experience. In this four-week course, you will learn how to write web copy that is succinct, understandable, and engaging. You will discover how users read online and the importance of focusing on your essential messages, using space effectively, and treating your website as a conversation with your users. You will learn how to establish a consistent voice and tone, and how to use such techniques as layering information, exploiting the power of parallelism, making good use of links, and keeping active space in your content. You will also learn how to best use bulleted and numbered lists and tables in presenting your web content, as well as the importance of producing alternative text for visually impaired users. Through examples, activities and hands-on practice, you will hone your skills in writing using active voice, straightforward sentences, and cutting unnecessary words.
This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in User Experience (UX), but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Rebecca Blakiston is the User Experience Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson, Arizona. She provides oversight, management, and strategic planning for the library website, specializing in systematic usability testing, content strategy, and writing with the user in mind. She has presented and published extensively, and wrote the 2014 book, Usability Testing: A Practical Guide for Librarians, and the 2017 book, Writing Effectively in Print and on the Web: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Interview with Rebecca Blakiston
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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