October 18, 2013

The University of Central Florida is joining forces with MadCap Software to empower students taking its “Writing for the Computer Industry” course with the knowledge and experience that will give them a clear competitive advantage in the workforce. Through the MadCap Scholar Program, the university is licensed to use MadCap Flare, the authoring and multi-channel publishing software—supporting print, Web, desktop and mobile—to provide students with the most advanced authoring and publishing solution available today. By using MadCap Flare, students are gaining expertise in the modern techniques and software used by thousands of companies worldwide when they enter the corporate world.

The UCF English Department offers a Technical Communication degree program for its undergraduate and graduate students, which is dedicated to strengthening modern technical writing best practices. The online undergraduate course, “Writing for the Computer Industry,” is comprised of students majoring in Information Technology and English, Technical Communication, who are seeking to learn leading technical communication approaches for creating online Help systems and software manuals. The class focuses on teaching the technical use of MadCap Flare as well as broader concepts, such as topic-based authoring, to develop professional online Help and other forms of technical documentation.

“MadCap provides a premium tool and is extremely thoughtful when it comes to education,” said Dan Jones, a technical communication professor in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. “I really appreciate how the company went above and beyond, giving me the necessary training to enrich my own knowledge of its software. This has reaffirmed my confidence in sharing best practices with my students. Since MadCap allows for many applications of Flare, I’m looking forward to seeing ways students use it.”

For more information about MadCap Software, visit their website.