Why use DITA for education, training, assessment and certification?
Teaching new skills is only part of the Education landscape and today there is more and more legislation being brought in to try and improve outputs. Although not immediately obvious XML and DITA has provided the perfect foundation for several major projects with education customers.
How can XDocs help education, training, assessment and certification organizations?
As well as providing a central repository for all content XDocs CCMS supports organizations throughout the entire lifecycle. Having worked with leading education and training organizations both in Europe and North America Bluestream understand many of the challenges faced by businesses in this sector. When added to the most flexible and adaptive enterprise class CCMS on the market, powerful ‘game changing’ solutions can be created. These solutions are further enhanced by the technical capabilities of XDocs including:
As content repositories grow exponentially each year and content reuse grows more complex, content management challenges are also increasing. XDocs Extended Metadata Module provides a system to help you transform content tags into information operatives that help you retrieve and deliver your content with greater precision.
XDocs Extended Metadata Module allows you to harvest glossary terminology from your DITA directly into XDocs. After the harvest, the Extended Metadata Thesaurus can organize the terms according to your classification structure.
Harvested terms can also be used to Browse and Search through content, and you can associate non DITA files with the terminology.
Within education, training and certification organizations metadata can be used to classify question levels, link training material to questions, identify reusable content and much more.
Documentation in Education supporting both specifications and qualifications is highly regulated and consequently needs to be consistently created. Contract specialist staff are often used to create and review content, these need to be notified of tasks and timescales kept to. The XDocs Workflow Module is based on the BPMN 2.0 industry standard and the de facto standard Activiti workflow engine. XDocs workflow process definitions can be created using other tools or within the system and the potential is limitless.
Subject Matter Expert Contribution
SMEs often play a vital part in the creation of educational content but historically binging them into the document production process has proved difficult. Time restrictions and a reluctance to learn new software applications has caused pushback when it comes to structured content. Bluestream XDocs CCMS v5.1 introduced WEX – a web-based application that can be used to review, amend and even create DITA content from scratch without the need for any training.
Many companies and organizations offer qualifications, from software certification through to hi-tech machine maintenance. The ability to deliver the training resources and assessments in multiple languages can be essential.
Bluestream XDocs Localization Module can seamlessly handle the entire localization process, creating work packets and moving the content cyclically from the source language through translations and back into the system—localized, link-checked, and ready to be published for a global market.