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How to Write Good Assessment Questions

Association eLearning

Believe it or not, it can be hard to write effective questions. This is true whether you’re making an eLearning assessment or writing questions for a traditional in-classroom test. Write confusingly worded questions to “trip up” the learners. “Can someone explain this question to me? I don’t know what it’s asking.”. How am I supposed to know the answer to this? Don’t.

Where I Get Blog Post Ideas

Experiencing eLearning

When I talk to people about starting a blog, they often state they don’t have anything to write about. They ask how I come up with ideas, especially when I’ve been blogging so long. have a long list of blog topics to help me when I’m in a rut. Reading: I write about things I’m reading and learning about. Blogging inspiration writing

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4 Tips to Writing eLearning Scripts That Sing

Association eLearning

Wouldn’t you like to write a script with that kind of impact? According to Bean, the first tip to writing a great eLearning script is to write like a human. First, when you’re writing, remember “Frank” – the human not the “learner.”  Frank will be taking this course in another year, so the writing needs to connect with him. But maybe you should. ” Yuck.

Why I blog

E-Learning Provocateur

I’ve been blogging for several years now, and a question that continually pops up is why do I do it? blog primarily for myself. I use writing as a vehicle for my thinking. The tag line of my blog is provoking deeper thinking. Comments are the lifeblood of blogging. blogging blog blogger comments e-learning purpose why writing

4 Writing Tips for Better Learning Content

Trina Rimmer

When it comes to writing learning content, information and ideas need to connect at an individual level and it’s our job to transform that raw content in a way that speaks to and with  the individual. Typical business writing is riddled with vague superlatives like “excellence” and “quality.” The post 4 Writing Tips for Better Learning Content appeared first on RCG.

5 Tips for Writing eLearning Storyboards


If you want to create a compelling, engaging, and enjoyable eLearning experience, the first thing you need to do is write a great eLearning storyboard. When writing an […]. The post 5 Tips for Writing eLearning Storyboards appeared first on PulseLearning. eLearning Blog eLearning storyboards instructional designIt’s not the easiest task however.

5 Tips for Writing eLearning Storyboards


If you want to create a compelling, engaging, and enjoyable eLearning experience, the first thing you need to do is write a great eLearning storyboard. When writing an […]. The post 5 Tips for Writing eLearning Storyboards appeared first on PulseLearning. eLearning Blog eLearning storyboards instructional designIt’s not the easiest task however.

Write, create, curate and collaborate: preparing for #digiWriMo

Ignatia Webs

Great initiative to combine digital writing and creativity all through the month of November 2015. learn by writing. So this Digital Writing Month initiative (#DigiWriMo), organised by the Hybrid Pedagogy bloggers ( Maha Bali , Sarah Honeychurch , and Kevin Hogdson ), is right up my alley. The #DigiWriMo will push people to engage in digital writing and creativity during the month of November. The frequency is left to your own preference, even the choice to make your writings public or not is up to you. Not all digital writing has to be public.

Writing an eBook: Lessons learned on how, where, and why

Dont Waste Your Time

Looking at published work and personal experience I have collected my blog posts together in this eBook and added further commentary and notes to provide the background to the posts and the work I am engaged in.” ” Why. I’ll deal with the first real questions about writing an eBook … why ? . As an example my QR Code book took about 3 months to write.

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What Copywriting Can Teach Us About Writing for an Audience

Association eLearning

How might that help you in writing your content? Write at an 8th Grade Level or Less. There are some publications that write below that, even as low as a 5th grade level. good way to do this is to make up someone you write your content to. Be specific, and only write to that one person. The copy becomes relevant to the reader because it’s written for the reader.

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8 Years of Blogging

Experiencing eLearning

I missed my anniversary by a few days, but I’ve now been blogging for 8 years. Voice Over Scripts: Writing Style Tips. Image Credit: Graphic Stock Filed under: Blogging , Lifelong Learning My first post on 12/26/06 explained that I was creating a graduate course on social media for teachers and felt I should “practice what I preach.”

Writing & Grammar: Periods with Abbreviations

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  Instead, you can punctuate or not punctuate, create your own style guide if necessary, and get on with your writing. Or is your writing for a more general audience? prefer to use the guidelines published by Ms Good Gardener in her blog, but you may want to consult others if your garden is outside of the US. TechComm Technical Communications training Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    Should I use periods in the abbreviation U.S.? What about USA? What about Mr. and Ms.? What about m, s, ft, in? Wait, what were those? " videos. and UN/U.N.

Balancing Personal and Organizational Blogging

David Kelly

photo from Kristina B [link]. I’ve been blogging for a number of years now. love writing, and enjoy the learning that takes place through the reflective practice. In addition to my personal blog, I’ve also written for other magazines and periodicals over the years, including the eLearning Guild Blog, TWIST. Three Types of Writing.

Writing Effective eLearning Narration: Making It Easy to Read, Say, and Comprehend

Association eLearning

Here are a few suggestions, taken from my experience with writing, recording, and directing audio narration: Communicate each idea concisely and quickly, in bite-sized chunks. Many courses rely upon voiceover to help connect with their learners. This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences. So what can be done to combat this? Here Keep it simple!

I blog and I understand

Learning with e's

blog and I understand. Confucius (almost) Sometime in the next day or two, this blog will quietly cross the threshold of 5 million views. When I started blogging around seven or eight years ago, I set out to share my thoughts with a small community of my own colleagues and friends. will continue to write regularly on this blog for as long as I have an audience for my ideas.

7 Top Writing Tips for Instructional Designers Infographic


Over the years our Instructional Designers have shared many tips and tricks for writing engaging online training courseware. We can all fall into bad habits and work hard to avoid the common pitfalls when writing storyboards. Here Ruby Spencer, Director, Global Curriculum Development, has put together this quick infographic of our recommended top 7 Writing […]. Blog New

10 Tips to Writing Better Quiz Questions

Everything E-Learning

However, to ensure you receive the most accurate feedback, you need to make sure you’re writing effective quiz questions. Use these 10 tips to help you write better quiz questions in your e-Learning course: Write questions that support your learning objectives. Check out this blog post for some ideas: Just for You! Quizzes are a valuable part of an e-Learning course.

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Learning Resolutions: Read, Write, Draw


Write more – I like to write. In fact, I have hundreds of articles, blog posts, and short stories that I’ve started. The problem I see in myself is a combination similar to reading where I get distracted easily, but also that I don’t have good writing structure. really have to consciously think and plan how something is going to ‘read’ before I write. bought it.

Top 10 Must Read eLearning Blogs #edtech

Dont Waste Your Time

eLearning Industry have produced a list of ‘top 10′ must-read blogs for you – Top 10 Must Read eLearning Blogs  - and yours truly has made it to the bottom of the highly respectable list along with friends Ryan Tracey, Jane Hart, Jane Bozarth, Cathy Moore, etc. Learning 24/7 Blog. He writes the E-Learning 24/7 blog that is read in 133 countries.

Getting the bloggers to write

Learning with e's

One of the perennial problems teachers face, especially in early years education, is trying to get children to write. The main problem is that children are expected to write in a vacuum, for an audience of one (the teacher). But several schools are beginning to address this 'won't write' problem by making it entertaining and productive through the use of social media.

I need your vote – UK Blog Awards #UKBA15

Dont Waste Your Time

I was very surprised to find I’ve been nominated for the UK Blog Awards, 2015! Click on the image below and please vote for this blog in the ‘education’ category. David Hopkins / Technology Enhanced Learning Blog. Voting is open from today, Monday 10th November 2014, until Monday 1 st December 2014. Thank you. Related posts: Year in Review / 2013.

George Orwell's Advice for Writing eLearning Content

Integrated Learnings

Though highly interactive , problem-based eLearning can help maintain engagement, completing these activities usually requires learners to read words that we write. In a culture of multi-tasking skimmers, we must write as clearly and concisely as possible to help keep learners motivated. Practical Writing Advice from George Orwell. Admittedly, when George Orwell wrote Politics and the English Language to advocate for writing in plain English, improved eLearning engagement was not his primary goal. Especially for those of us who write training materials. Gable.

Blogging with Freire

Learning with e's

So Freire didn't actually live to see the power and potential of social media, or the impact blogging would have on education. But what would he have said about blogs if he had been witness to the participatory web in all its present glory? In a blogging context, it is easy to be offended when an adverse comment is received on your blog. not exactly. Freire wrote: ".dialogue

Writing Distractors for Multiple Choice Questions

Integrated Learnings

For instance, if you need learners to identify what button to click on to begin a procedure in a system, don’t write a multiple choice question where the options are names of buttons. Simply writing “bad” statements as distracters misses an opportunity to show learners valid examples and non-examples of applying a skill. So how does one write good distracters? Earlier posts on this blog explain how scenarios can make quiz questions more relevant and how to write realistic scenarios. So when it comes to writing distracters. By Shelley A. Gable.

Writing & Grammar: Comparisons and Pronouns. The Results

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Hint: a past article on our blog might give some insight.]. She is a publishing professional with more than 20 years of experience in writing, editing and desktop publishing. Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby. Results are in for last week's question about the meaning of this sentence: My boyfriend loves soccer more than me. The choices were A and B: My boyfriend loves soccer more than I do. My boyfriend loves soccer more than he loves me. By a large margin, you readers said it means B. Literally, in print, that is the official meaning.

Blogging as literacy

Learning with e's

My view is that in the social media universe, blogging is potentially the most powerful tool. Time and again, blogging is proving its worth in education and training, with countless learners discovering that sharing their ideas, sharing content and discussion ideas worldwide has a whole range of benefits. Unported License. Based on a work at

6 Ways to Write Consistent Content for your eLearning Courses


It’s no surprise that eLearning developers are required to have excellent writing skills. Current eLearning programs are often blamed for fluffy writing. It seems like writing for eLearning should be taught as a short tutorial to eLearning development teams. The main challenge as a writer in eLearning courses is to write consistent content. Consistent Directions:  .

Our Favorite Game Design Blogs

Upside Learning

The other is to look at other’s experiences, and there are many who’ve documented their game design experiences in various blogs. I’m listing (in no particular order) some of the ones we follow at Upside, perhaps you’ll find some good reading. Game Design Blog – Another frequently updated blog that contains a wealth of information about game design and development.

The intrinsic and extrinsic value of academic blogging #LTHEchat

Dont Waste Your Time

And loved each for their own individual characteristics – here is a write up on two particular ways of running one. but with help and discussion I settled on blogging, or more specifically academic blogging. “This LTHEchat will be as much about blogging as the process of sharing. Do you blog and if so why do you blog? Santanu Vasant (team blog).

#blideo - a new blogging challenge

Learning with e's

The challenge was simple - you shared an image with a friend (or three) and challenged them to write a short, learning related blog about it. blimage = blog + image. Those who have participated in #blimage have reported that their visitor traffic has increased, their writing has improved, and they have engaged in a little creativity. So let's start a new challenge.

I blog therefore I'm spammed

Learning with e's

Some of the spam comments posted to my blog are amusing. I'm glad I decided to moderate all comments so they don't just automatically appear on my blog. Here's one of Anonymous's recent offerings that would give Lewis Carroll's nonsense writing a run for its money: Truly no matter if someone doesn't know then its up to other viewers that they will help, so here it takes place.

Seven reasons teachers should blog

Learning with e's

I have written extensively on what makes a good blogpost and why it is so powerful. F rom personal experience blogging is one of the most beneficial professional development activities I have ever engaged with. learn more from blogging than I do from almost any other activity I participate in. Here are 7 good reasons why teachers should blog: 1) Blogging causes you to reflect.

I think, therefore I blog

Learning with e's

In a recent blog post, I gave seven reasons why teachers should blog. It was subsequently expanded to 10 good reasons by the contributions from readers - which is actually an eleventh reason why teachers should blog - you get back such great comments, suggestions, arguments and advice, it would be crazy not to share your content. Want to keep an archive of all your note-taking?

How to Write the Perfect Learning Objective


Today’s guest post is part of a blog series on creating eLearning courses by Sharlyn Lauby, president of ITM Group, Inc. In this post, Sharlyn takes on the challenge of writing effective learning objectives, the cornerstone element to creating engaging elearning courses. and blogger of HR Bartender. Selling eLearning Courses