Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts

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You can write step-by-step instructions like a pro, but now you have been asked to create voice-over narratives for e-Learning scripts. Suddenly you must break out of the concise and factual focus of instructional writing and create text that engages and motivates the learner.

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PowerPoint 2010: Converting Presentations to Movies

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PowerPoint 2010 has a new feature allowing presentations to quickly and easily be saved directly to.wmv (Windows Media Video) format. Open the presentation within PowerPoint 2010. When you use PowerPoint 2010 to Save As a.wmv file, all of your transitions and animations stay in tact.   Related article: PowerPoint 2007: Adding Voiceover Narration to Presentations Converted to Movies. by AJ George.

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Writing & Grammar: "If I Were" or "If I Was?"

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. How many times have you heard someone say "If I was you"? In some regions of the country, you might hear it every day. This popular expression, however, is grammatically wrong. The correct grammar is "If I were you."

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Is It Website or Web Site?

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  To the great joy of my colleague AJ at IconLogic, who tipped me off about this change, and to the relief of writers and editors everywhere who use the Associated Press Stylebook , the 2010 edition has declared website to be one word and lowercase, instead of the official spelling listed in Websters: Web site.   Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? by Jennie Ruby.

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Writing & Grammar: Can I Change the Appearance of Balloons in Word 2007?

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. Short answer: yes. You can change the width of the balloons, the color, which margin they appear in, whether that margin has background shading, whether the balloons have lines connecting them to text, and the typeface and type size of the text in the balloons.

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Writing & Grammar Workshop: Converting Empty Phrases to Gold

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  Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.   It is important to note that empty phrases relate to the reader's amount of interest concerning your topic.

Writing & Grammar: Tiny Questions that Drive Writers to Distraction

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby Do I use a or an before the word historic ? Do I use everybody or everyone ? Do I use toward or towards ? These tiny questions and others like them have driven writers to distraction since--well probably since the invention of papyrus and pen.

Writing & Grammar: Understanding Elliptical Sentences

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby When I first heard the term elliptical sentence , I pictured a sentence that went around in an oblong circle. And that is not far from the truth. These sentences do sometimes end just where they began.

Audio for eLearning: Wake Me Up When It's Over!

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How do you make your voiceover narration more compelling, engaging and interesting? by Rick Zanotti There's are few things worse for a learner than to have to attend a class or take an eLearning course and the narrator speaks in a monotonous, dull tone. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Anyone? Anyone? Here are some quick steps to ensure that your recordings are not driving your learners into a comatose state: Practice reading your audio aloud and record yourself doing it.

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Grammar Workshop: i.e. versus e.g. and such as versus like

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby Interrupting a sentence to explain a term or give examples of a concept is a way to get your reader to see immediately how the new information relates to the real world. But how to introduce the interruption is something many writers are shaky on. Should I use e.g.?

Writing & Grammar: Politics, Religion. and Hyphenation

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. I cannot blame my FrameMaker colleague Barb Binder for lumping hyphens in with religion and politics as topics not to be touched on in the classroom. But it is my job not only to touch on the topic of hyphens, but to explain what can be explained and then moderate the ensuing battles.

Audio Basics for eLearning

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Are you an eLearning developer planning to include voiceover audio in your eLearning lessons? Great idea. audio will enhance the learner experience. Good audio will enhance the learner experience. But what about bad audio? bad audio might still work, but it could also diminish the effectiveness of your lesson. Looking to get a jump start on the road to creating quality audio for your eLearning lessons? Not sure how to get started? We've got you covered!

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Writing & Grammar: Where Did My Name Go?

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. I had a student from one of my Editing with Word classes write to me in desperation. It seems that he had sent out a document for review. He had carefully followed the procedure for protecting the document for tracked changes, and he had sent it to four people.

Microsoft Word: Customize the Status Bar

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In Word 2007 or 2010, the Track Changes shortcut appears at first to be absent, but if you right-click the status bar, you get a menu in which you can choose to add the Track Changes shortcut.   Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar: A Brief History of Editing

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Word 2007 and 2010 solve that with an elegant green double-strikethrough and double-underline format with links between the moved from and moved to locations. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. Editing continues to be one of the last processes in writing and publishing to be done on a computer.

Writing & Grammar: Less than or Fewer?

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. Many people who know that "10 items or fewer" is correct and "10 items or less" is wrong still get confused by amounts of money and time. Is it "They gave me less than 10 minutes to fill out the form" or should that be fewer ?

Writing & Grammar: Introducing an Acronym

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. Most editors and style guides recommend introducing an acronym by placing the acronym in parentheses after the first use of the spelled-out term or name like this: University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC). That is pretty standard.

Writing & Grammar: Editing in the Cloud

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. You have a Word document and you need multiple people to review it and get back to you with changes. Both Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat have a "Send for Review" tool. How do you decide which program to use for the review process?

Microsoft Word: To Track or Not to Track Changes

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  Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby Track Changes in Microsoft Word is an indispensible tool for editing, but it is not the best tool for the job in every editorial situation. You may find that both tiny details and big-picture edits cause you-and your reviewers-to want less tracking, not more.

Writing & Grammar: Do You Know Your Dashes?

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" Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. I was helping a group of editors develop Word macros to correct punctuation problems when I was stymied about a punctuation mark they spoke of: the "double-dot." " "Oh, you mean a centered dot, the math symbol?" " I asked. No, the double-dot, they replied.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Funny? Do You Think That's Funny?

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a new online class in May called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby What role, if any, should humor play in technical and training materials? When writing training materials, I am always looking for new ways to introduce a lesson and keep the tone engaging.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Recasting Sentences for Clarity and Emphasis

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a 3-hour, online class later this week called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby Recasting sounds like something a fly fisherman would do, but in writing and editing it means to restructure a sentence.

Adobe Captivate 5: Control the Volume of Background Audio

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One of the options missing from RoboDemo and older versions of Captivate was the ability to control the volume of the background audio on slides that already had audio (voiceover audio for instance). by Kevin Siegel. Captivate developers have been able to add background audio to their projects since Captivate was known as RoboDemo. The process of adding background audio hasn't changed much over the years.

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Writing & Grammar: Make Your Own Style Sheets and Feel the Awesome Power!

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a new online class in May called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby. Should I use quotation marks around the names of drop-down lists and radio buttons? Should I use italics for those? Am I correct in capitalizing them? These were the questions of one reader this week, and these questions come up in nearly every writing class I teach !

Writing & Grammar Workshop: More on Funny. or Not

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a new online class in May called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby I was happy to receive multiple responses to my humor article last week. During my article, I asked whether humor has a place in training materials.

Development Times for Captivate eLearning

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Voiceover Scripts: If you are using voiceovers, you'll need to write the script for your voiceover talent (even if that talent is you). by Kevin Siegel. Many new Captivate developers underestimate development time needed to produce eLearning lesson in Adobe Captivate. The following table should help. Small Projects (1-25 slides): 1-4 hours of production. Medium Projects (26-75 slides): 4-7 hours of production. Large Projects (80-150 slides): 8-10 hours of production.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Do Training Examples Need to Keep it Real?

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a new online class in May called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby. So I am in the middle of keystroking (reviewing) my way through training materials I'm going to teach on Microsoft Excel. The directions tell me to select January through April values to create a quarterly total.

Writing & Grammar: Ways to Deal With Tracked Changes Aversion

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. In my classes on editing with Word, I hear one complaint more than any other: "The people whose writing I am reviewing do not know how to use tracked changes."

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Grammar Workshop: Can I start a Sentence With "This"?

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby When a desperate-sounding student asked me this week why it was incorrect to start a sentence with the word this, I realized I was once again in Bogus Grammar Rule land. This bogus rule was a new one to me, but some editor somewhere was making my student miserable over it.

Editing the Custom Dictionary in Word and PowerPoint

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  Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. Technical terms, program names, proper names, and acronyms can light up your Word or PowerPoint screen with red zigzag underlines, causing not only annoyance but also a risk that you will overlook an actual misspelled word. Too often we accept the annoyance and just try to be careful.

Writing & Grammar: Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. Here are two modifier problems I have encountered recently. The first is a caption from a chiropractor's ad: "Natural approach to chronic pain and injuries located in Silver Spring."

Writing & Grammar: On Teaching Grammar and Soccer

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  Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby Teaching or writing training materials can sometimes feel like making students memorize a rulebook: "Never place a comma between the subject and the verb." " "The verb must match the subject in person and in number." " And so on.

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Writing & Grammar Workshop: The Long Dash—Know It and Love It!

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Jennie teaches two classes popular online classes: Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts and Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts. by Jennie Ruby. The long dash, or em dash, is a piece of sentence punctuation that only editors seem to fully understand, yet everyone wants to use one.  Some writers use a dash when they just don't know what other punctuation to use.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Mind Mapping

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The third person represented the voiceover narrative in a CBT. Jennie teaches two classes popular online classes: Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts and Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts. by Jennie Ruby Circles, boxes, and lines on large paper have long been the tools of writers in search of an outline. Add colors, sketches, faces, and numbers, and you have a writing tool called mind mapping.