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TEACHING ONLINE: Instructors Take Note!

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For example, if I know one of my learners for eLearning software is going to be creating training videos for active-duty nurses, I might mention a few ways to engage learners without audio voiceover. Because the nurses may be trying to absorb the eLearning while working at a station in a busy ward, where they can’t use earphones!   I teach online courses by myself in a room full of computers, monitors, and microphones. by Jennie Ruby, COTP.

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TEACHING ONLINE: Instructors Take Note!

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For example, if I know one of my learners for eLearning software is going to be creating training videos for active-duty nurses, I might mention a few ways to engage learners without audio voiceover. Because the nurses may be trying to absorb the eLearning while working at a station in a busy ward, where they can’t use earphones!   I teach online courses by myself in a room full of computers, monitors, and microphones. by Jennie Ruby, COTP.

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TEACHING ONLINE: Instructors Take Note!

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For example, if I know one of my learners for eLearning software is going to be creating training videos for active-duty nurses, I might mention a few ways to engage learners without audio voiceover. Because the nurses may be trying to absorb the eLearning while working at a station in a busy ward, where they can’t use earphones!   I teach online courses by myself in a room full of computers, monitors, and microphones. by Jennie Ruby, COTP.

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Writing & Grammar: On Teaching Grammar and Soccer

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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." When teaching grammar, for example, I can sometimes hear myself sounding like a soccer coach teaching beginning soccer: "The game starts with a kick-off." " But in grammar teaching, as in soccer coaching, and probably as in every kind of training, there are different kinds of rules.

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GOANIMATE: Character-Based eLearning Made Easy

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One of the hottest new tools for eLearning development is GoAnimate.   I’ve been working more and more on ways to integrate GoAnimate with more traditional eLearning lessons and content. Suddenly, the mouse starts moving, the voiceover from the GoAnimate is still talking us through the lesson (I’ll explain the trickery with the voiceover in a later article), and we are into a software simulation demo on Excel.   e-learning eLearning GoAnimate

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Happy New Year! (or is it New Year's?)

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. New Year's Day is the proper noun naming the day we celebrate the new year. That is why it is always capitalized.

GOANIMATE: Character-Based eLearning Made Easy

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One of the hottest new tools for eLearning development is GoAnimate.   I’ve been working more and more on ways to integrate GoAnimate with more traditional eLearning lessons and content. Suddenly, the mouse starts moving, the voiceover from the GoAnimate is still talking us through the lesson (I’ll explain the trickery with the voiceover in a later article), and we are into a software simulation demo on Excel.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

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

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If you choose By author , Word automatically assigns each person who comments on the document a different color. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? by Jennie Ruby. Short answer: yes.

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Writing & Grammar Workshop: Would vs. Will

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. In training documents and manuals, we often have to tell the reader what will (or would) happen if they do (or did) a certain action.

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Writing & Grammar Workshop: Infinitives and Who versus Whom

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.   To be, or not to be, asked Hamlet, making those two infinitives among the most well-known phrases in English.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

Editing with Acrobat: Get the Comment Pane's Numbers to Match Acrobat's Page Numbers

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Endless confusion resulted when she tried to discuss editorial changes with authors--Is that on page 2? But how do you discuss your comments with an author who is looking at a printout that has the "logical" page numbers on it? To create a summary numbered to match the author's printout, return to the Preferences dialog box ( Edit > Preferences > Page Display ) and select Use logical page numbers. by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Who is Who (or is it Whom?)

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. Who's Who books do have their grammar right. The proper usage is Who is who.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

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

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Having the answers to style questions right on my iPod Touch lightens my briefcase for teaching editing--no need to carry an extra style guide--and adds the fun of using an electronic device to the tediousness of having to look things up.   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.

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Writing & Grammar Workshop: Converting Empty Phrases to Gold

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After answering these questions, we can write a much more content-packed sentence: This article teaches you five ways to use Photoshop's batch processing to save time and eliminate errors.   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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class.

Writing & Grammar: Tiny Questions that Drive Writers to Distraction

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My authority for this is the Chicago Manual of Style , 15th Edition, paragraph 7.46. My authority for this? 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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby Do I use a or an before the word historic ?

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Premise vs. Premises

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. OK, I know we all love the police talk. Law & Order, CSI, COPS, etc. have made police blotter jargon extremely popular. Legalistic language is everywhere.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class.

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

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These were the questions of one reader this week, and these questions come up in nearly every writing class I teach ! 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. During the class I'll be teaching you how to define the appropriate voice and tone for a narrative text. by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar: Where Did My Name Go?

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When the copies came back, every change was marked as coming from "Author." A second test, making sure that the By Author setting was active throughout the process, again failed to reveal the makers of each change. 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 Workshop: Funny? Do You Think That's Funny?

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And I developed a smile, if not a chuckle, from this bit from Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley's Blogging for Dummies : "No matter what your teenager tells you, there is absolutely no requirement that you must write your blog while wearing your pajamas. 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.

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. During the class I'll be teaching you how to define the appropriate voice and tone for a narrative text. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. Tags: eLearning mLearning Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Who versus Whom

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In every custom grammar class I teach, I get a request to review who versus whom.   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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Do I Have to Repeat "a" or "the" in a List?

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.

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. During the class I'll be teaching you how to define the appropriate voice and tone for a narrative text. Tags: eLearning mLearning Writing & Grammar

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

Writing & Grammar: Do You Know Your Dashes?

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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." Aside from the anthropological observation that groups working in isolation will eventually develop a unique dialect of their own, I pondered the inefficiency of making up your own vocabulary for common items. " Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script?

Microsoft Word: Customize the Status Bar

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The Macro Recording shortcut allows you to start and stop recording without a trip to the View or Developer tab.   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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. Here are two modifier problems I have encountered recently.

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

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So I am in the middle of keystroking (reviewing) my way through training materials I'm going to teach on Microsoft Excel. Consider this anecdote: When teaching children to solve word problems in the United States, we are typically working with kids who understand that they are supposed to do math on the problem to solve it. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar: Of Hooks and Ladders

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But these symbols have a huge limitation: Many designers, layout artists, and eLearning producers don't know them. 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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class.