PowerPoint: Text-to-Speech Voiceover Tools

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You could, of course, record a voiceover in PowerPoint, but maybe you have a cold and your voice isn't up to par. Several new tools allow you to type the text you would normally say, and have text-to-speech technology (TTS) generate the voiceover for you. Later, if the content changes, editing the typed text will be way easier than re-recording an entire voiceover. PS: Need some crafting that voiceover text?

Effective Video Training – Breaking it down

Dashe & Thomson

Brandon Hall, the research firm based out of Delray Beach, FL, polled over 300 training professionals back in 2011 and found the top 2 reasons for using video in training – effectiveness and high engagement. by using a variety of methods – titles, voiceovers, different camera angles, music.

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Video Training – why it’s here to stay

Dashe & Thomson

Add a voiceover that helps to make the transition from one point to the next and you have a compelling piece of video training. And it’s effective because users have the ability to watch the videos as many times as they need. I’ve been a movie and video nut for most of my life.

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Writing & Grammar: Do You Need a, Comma?

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Sometime after 2012 is when support for version 3.5 Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Do I need a comma after "In 2008"? That is one of the most frequent questions I am asked in grammar classes. The answer I must give is that the comma is usually optional.

Writing & Grammar: One Word or Two? Or Should That Be a Hyphen?

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The command-and-control infrastructure was shutdown in July 2012 shortly after its discovery. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    I received an email message yesterday from a well-respected anti-virus company to which I subscribe.

Writing & Grammar: Commas and Clauses

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Sometime after 2012 is when support for version 3.5 Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    I wrote about  commas in introductory phrases  last week. This week let's take the issue of introductory elements a step further, differentiating introductory phrases from introductory clauses.

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Writing & Grammar: One Word or Two? Or Should That Be a Hyphen? Answers to Last Week's Challenge

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Writing & Grammar: The Importance of Knowing (at least some) Parts of Speech

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Jennie teaches two of our writing classes:  Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts  and  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby    ????If If you have spoken English since infancy, you probably have a lot of the structures of English built into your head. You don't need me to tell you, for example, how to fix this sentence: Towel the into the dryer went.

Writing & Grammar: Should a Comma Go After Although?

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    I rarely go out on a limb and say the word  never  in answer to a punctuation question, but I am going to chance it this time: Never put a comma after  although --unless what follows it is a completely nonessential interruption.

Writing & Grammar: Confusing Words and Usage

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    We continue our series of challenges with a mixed challenge on confusing words and confusing usage. See if you can ace these without looking them up. Please send your answers  directly to me. We waited with  baited/bated  breath.

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Writing & Grammar: One Word or Two?

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    I came across this error in a heartfelt book review: "It is a painful acceptance of the solitude and the loneliness of each and everyone of us." " The problem is that the writer needed two words rather than one: every one of us.

Writing & Grammar: The Power of Passive Voice

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    As writers, we know we are not supposed to use the passive voice. Nearly every writers' guide tells us to prefer the active voice. This is a view I generally endorse.

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Writing & Grammar: Quick/Quickly

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Can I use  quick  as an adverb without the  -ly , just like I can use  slow  as an adverb? They are very similar words, after all, and are related because they are opposites. Even so, the guidelines for  quick/quickly  are a little different.

Writing & Grammar: Avoid Using False Subjects

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    The subject and the verb are two of the most important items in a sentence. The subject is typically the first unit of meaning in a sentence and the verb is the second. Together they form the core content of the sentence: The angry chickadee chased the marauding squirrel from the feeder.

Writing & Grammar: Anatomy of a Rewrite

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    This week I'd like to share a step-by-step edit of a paragraph sent in by one of my students. Here is the original paragraph. The challenge was to get this down to one sentence. This section presents the key themes identified from this environmental snapshot.    Section 3.1

Writing & Grammar: Can a Sentence End With a Preposition?

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Can I end a sentence with a preposition? Well, yes and no. The old school rule that you cannot end a sentence with a preposition has some validity, but it has also been mocked by personages high and low.

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Writing & Grammar: Do I Need a Comma? Compound Sentence versus Compound Predicate

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Even grammar instructors hate some grammar rules. I myself hate one grammar rule in particular: the injunction against putting a comma in a sentence with a compound predicate. Do you feel me, man? Ok, well maybe I need to explain what that rule is before you can sympathize.

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Writing & Grammar: Idiomatic Expressions

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    On the long, traffic-bemired trip back from Thanksgiving, my car passengers contributed their pet peeves to this week's challenge. Do you know these? Are they your pet peeves also? Please select the one you think is correct and  send me your answers. Results next week. 

Writing & Grammar: Correct Uses of Their

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    This week's answers to my  correct usage of their  challenge challenge are brought to you by our reader  Tara Allen : Everyone  All players  must bring their own golf clubs to the tournament.

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Writing & Grammar: Hyphenating Adjectives (And Answers to Last Week's Challenge)

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Answers to last week's  comma challenge , as presented by Jing Ping Fan  (Correct answers were also sent in by  Susan Benson ): The tall and hollow trunk (or The tall, hollow trunk). The upper right corner. A quick, easy lesson (or "and").

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Writing & Grammar: Adjectives Versus Adverbs

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Last week's challenge was a tough one. Several readers correctly punctuated the sentences but did not correctly identify which commas were optional. Sadly, only a minority of respondents got everything right. Here are the answers as presented by  Larena Jackson.

Writing & Grammar: More Confusing Words

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Because the results of last week's challenge were so revealing (see below), I bring you a similar challenge this week. Choose the correct word in these examples--discussion to follow. He lead/led the charge into the superstore for the one-day sales event.

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Writing & Grammar: Working with Pronoun Case

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" Further [Jennie's note], with a linking verb such as  are , the subject  guys  and the pronoun  who  acting as the predicate nominative are the same people, thus both are effectively in the subject role in the sentence.). Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents.

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Writing & Grammar: Lay Versus Lie--The Truth

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Two words have seldom been more confusing than the two verbs lay and lie. Yes, they are actually two different words, but the first area of confusion is that the simple past tense of  lie  is spelled exactly the same as the word  lay.

Writing & Grammar: Apostrophes and Pronouns

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    The apostrophe can indicate possessive or sometimes plural, as we have recently seen. But wait, there's more: the apostrophe can form a contraction: collapsing two words together and leaving out some letters.

Writing & Grammar: Answers to Last Week's Comma Challenge on Compound Sentences Versus Compound Predicates

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Correct answers to  last week's challenge  came in from nine readers (including a number of first responders--thanks for joining us!) 

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Writing & Grammar: Precise Placement of Only

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    While reviewing the submissions from  last week's challenge , I noticed that many respondents moved the word  only  to a position before the verb rather than keeping it where it was in my original.

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Writing & Grammar: More and More Confusing Words

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Several respondents called these word-choice challenges fun, so let's do this one more time. Your challenge this week, once again, is to choose the right word or phrase: I wish someone had  appraised/apprised  me of the situation with the angry client.

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Writing & Grammar: Pronoun Case

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Here are the answers to  last week's challenge , brought to you by  Karen Wegner , the first to provide a completely correct answer: Jennie and I  went to the playground. The guard opened the gate for  Jennie and me.

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Writing & Grammar: Verb Agreement

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Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    Verb agreement. On one level, it is considered elementary: one dog runs, two dogs run. But as soon as your sentences become a little more sophisticated, verb agreement becomes more challenging.

What new designers really need to know

Clive on Learning

What simply produced but effective e-learning content looks like. How to write for the screen and for voiceover. In my post last week, I identified four elements that I felt needed to be in place if an organisation was to make a success of in-house e-learning development: tools, talent, training and, above all, time - the four Ts.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

My belief is that we'll hear a lot about it in 2011, but that by mid 2012 the focus will change to more actionable information related to doing. This month's #LCBQ is the first with the Big Question Thought Leaders. It's been fun working with them and has definitely added a new spark.