May 12, 2022

Easily develop your course materials using a customizable instructional design template

Developing detailed course material for any course or training program takes time and effort. Not only do you write the syllabus and exercises, but you also create two separate versions of the course guide: one for the instructor and one for the student. What if there was a way to create these two deliverables from a single source?

Good news, there is a solution. A growing number of instructional designers are relying on content reuse and single-source capabilities to create and publish content.

How one-stop sourcing saves you time

So what is sole sourcing? Let’s break it down with an example. Single sourcing means that if you have one version of a procedure for target A (student), a special version of the procedure for target B (facilitator) and another variant for target C (student guide in another format), you’re not going to have three versions in different places to maintain. Instead, the best practice is to put all your content in one procedure and keep it as one document. By using conditions, you will then post multiple unique outputs that include or exclude content. You can also easily reuse document content, such as a note, warning, table, or step-by-step procedure in other documents.

Look beyond linear Word documents
Using a software solution such as MadCap Rocketthat organizes content into topics rather than a single linear document, you can easily adapt a unique sourcing workflow for your training content and start maximizing content reuse without any programming knowledge.

To help you get started, we’ve created a pre-built, professionally designed project template that’s ready to implement and easy to customize. Once you’ve created a new project from a template, you can add your own content and company logo(s) and override the default colors using your company’s branding guidelines to ensure consistency between your interactions with the brand.

This template includes pre-formatted layouts and starter headings along with customizable elements like note boxes and tables that come in two separate outputs. Built-in outputs can be easily configured so that instructor-specific content does not appear in the student manual. The best part is that all of this content can be easily reused and customized for other departments or companies without any content duplication.

Instructions on how to download the iinstructional design template can be found here.