Editing Technical Instructional Material: Do You Need to Be an Expert?

This blog post was originally published on the Editors Canada blog, The Editors’ Weekly blog.

“How can you edit that? You don’t know anything about being an electrician.”

I often heard that question and variations of it — carpenter, instrument technician, welder — in my years editing technical instructional materials for apprenticeship trades in Alberta. This is how I answered the question.

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Editing Technical Instructional Material: Become the Student

This blog post was originally published on the Editors Canada blog, The Editors’ Weekly.

Creating effective instructional material for technical students can be tricky. Making it student friendly requires a balance between adequately covering the information, which is often highly technical, and presenting it in a way that a wide range of students can understand. These are some ways editors can help subject matter experts (SMEs) find this balance.

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