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Proofreading and Copyediting 101


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Course Description

Become a Skilled Proofreader or Copyeditor
 
If you're looking for a new career path or if you're a writer who wants to improve your writing skills, learning how to proofread and copyedit with our easy to follow, in-depth course, may be just what you need.  Learning these specialized skills will help improve your overall writing ability and may provide a career path that is both lucrative and in high demand.  In today's world, proofreaders and copyeditors are sought after not only in the corporate environment and Internet-related ventures, but also by start-up companies, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Freelance proofreading jobs are bountiful, and many companies offer work-from-home opportunities as an additional benefit.
 
This online course will cover:
  • Exactly what proofreading and copyediting will entail.
  • The tools you need to be an efficient proofreader or copyeditor.
  • The basic skills you need to learn, taught to you in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to proofread or copyedit.
  • How to apply your newly learned skills. 
  • Tips to make you a professional proofreader or copyeditor with just a little practice.
  • How to proofread and copyedit different kinds of writing such as fiction, blogs and articles.
  • How to proofread and copyedit your own work.
  • How to secure employment as a proofreader or copyeditor.
  • How to start your own proofreading or copyediting business upon completion of the course.
  • Current salary information.
  • Practice exercises to implement your new skills.

This course is designed for everyone, regardless of education, experience, or background.  No matter who you are or what you want to achieve in life, gaining proofreading and copyediting skills will improve your written communications, help you think more clearly, and perhaps start you on the road to a brand new career. 

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the use of style sheets and style guides in proofreading and copyediting.
  • Demonstrate matching the appropriate style guides for various project types.
  • Demonstrate how to create and use a style sheet.
  • Describe proofreaders' marks and how they are used to copyedit and proofread.
  • Describe your job as a proofreader.
  • Demonstrate basic proofreading skills.
  • Describe the job of a copyeditor.
  • Demonstrate basic copyediting skills.
  • Describe methods for copyediting and proofreading your own work.
  • Know copyediting or proofreading career opportunities, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 
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Lesson 1. Introduction to Proofreading and Copyediting

This lesson describes how you can use proofreading and copyediting skills in your career. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Definition of Copyediting
  • Review Article: Definition of Proofreading
  • Review Article: Pronunciation website
  • Take Survey: Course Background Information Survey
  • Take Survey: Needs Assessment Survey (Start of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Assignment 1: Proofreading and Copyediting
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. The Use of Style Sheets and Style Guides in Proofreading and Copyediting

This lesson defines style guides and sheets and demonstrates their importance in copyediting and proofreading. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: About Style Guides
  • Take Poll: Style Sheets and Style Guides
  • Complete: Assignment 2: Style Sheets and Style Guides
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Finding the Appropriate Style Guides

This lesson explains different style guides available and their importance in relation to the content you are proofreading. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Chicago Manual of Style Online Sample
  • Review Article: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
  • Review Article: Research Guides
  • Complete: Assignment 3: Print and Online Style Guides
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. How to Create and Use a Style Sheet

This lesson describes how to create and use a style sheet as a copyeditor or proofreader. 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Style Sheets
  • Review Article: Using Style Sheets
  • Complete: Assignment 4: Creating Style Sheets
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Proofreaders' Marks and How They Are Used to Copyedit and Proofread

This lesson describes what proofreaders' marks are and how to use them to copyedit or proofread bodies of work. 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Common Writing Mistakes
  • Review Article: Decline and Fall of the Ligature
  • Review Article: Proofreader's Marks
  • Take Poll: Proofreaders' Marks
  • Complete: Assignment 5: Proofreaders' Marks
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Your Job as a Proofreader

This lesson outlines the tasks performed by a proofreader. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Freelancing
  • Review Article: Proofreading Quizzes
  • Review Article: Proofreading Skills
  • Complete: Assignment 6: Proofreader's Responsibilities
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. How to Proofread

Learn how to be an efficient and capable proofreader. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-proofreadingexercise1.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-proofreadingexercise2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-proofreadingexercise3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-proofreadingexercise4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 5: optional-proofreadingexercise5.pdf
  • Review Article: Five Grammatical Errors
  • Review Article: Proofreading test
  • Review Article: Proofreading Tips
  • Complete: Assignment 7: Proofreading Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Proofreading Practice

This lesson contains proofreading practice exercises and assignments. 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-proofreadingexercise6.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-proofreadingexercise7.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-proofreadingexercise8.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-proofreadingexercise9.pdf
  • Review Article: Proofreading Exercise
  • Review Article: Proofreading Quizzes
  • Complete: Assignment 8: Proofreading Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. The Job of a Copyeditor

This lesson defines the individual tasks that a copyeditor completes when editing a body of work. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Active Passive Exercise
  • Review Article: Active vs Passive
  • Review Article: Copyediting Skills
  • Complete: Assignment 9: Copyeditor Job Types
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. How to Copyedit

Learn how to copyedit different types of content (copy). Additional tips on being an effective copyeditor. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Copyediting exercise
  • Review Article: Learning Copyediting Symbols
  • Review Article: The Seven Deadly Copy Editing Sins
  • Complete: Assignment 10: Copyediting Newspapers and Magazines
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Copyediting Practice

Practice being a copyeditor with these lesson assignments and exercises. 47 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Exercise
  • Complete: Assignment 11: Copyediting Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12. How to Copyedit or Proofread Your Own Work

Learn how to successfully copyedit and proofread your own work. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Learning Copyediting Symbols
  • Take Poll: Proofreading/Copyediting Your Own Work
  • Complete: Assignment 12: Copyediting Your Own Work
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13. Copyediting or Proofreading as a Career

Know the skills and education required to work as a proofreader or copyeditor within a company or as a freelancer. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Freelance Copyediting and Proofreading Jobs
  • Review Article: Job Listings for Proofreaders
  • Complete: Assignment 13: Education and Skills of Proofreader/Copyeditor
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14. Final Exam

Final Exam 48 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Needs Assessment Survey (End of Course)
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Exam
668
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Proofreading and Copyediting 101
Course Number: 8900117
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
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Student Testimonials

  • "What was most helpful was finding out what I need to know to pursue this work. I also liked the simplifed, organized presentation(s) on what skills need to be acquired; the netlinks; and the practice in proofreading/copyediting." -- Patricia S.
  • "I found all parts of this helpful since I am a beginner in proofreading." -- Yolanda A.
  • "The proofreading practice using marks was the most useful in preparing me for a job." -- Gillian P.
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and experience. The course enabled me, at 68, to prove that it's never too late to learn - and to get 97%!" -- Jill B.
  • "What was most helpful was the instructor's quick response, helpful comments, and willingness to interact, and answer questions, as well as be supportive." -- Karen H.
  • "I found all of the course helpful....The proofreading/copyediting course is very good instruction for building confidence and understanding." -- Ryan B.
  • "The lesson plans and the online sites have helped me in my position at work and I have been able to put the tips and skills I have acquired to good use....Thank you so much for the time that you took to put together this excellent course." -- Paula M.
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