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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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BOOK REVIEW: “Design for How People Learn” by Julie Dirksen

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It’s an important reference work that I think all trainers, instructors, and e-learning designers should read. Setting up slides, quizzes, links, buttons, voiceovers, inserting images, videos etc. The author starts from the A-B-Cs of the subject like “How do we remember?” Blog eLearning Instructional Design instructional_design online course online education online_learning teaching training© Ugur Akinci.

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WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS: Plan Your Way to Success

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A lesson to teach?   Create a storyboard that includes descriptions of onscreen elements, onscreen text, and any voiceover scripting. If you are teaching “The Flower Theory of Persuasion,” you might include images of flowers, for example.). Add voiceover or music – or both!

WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS: Plan Your Way to Success

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

A lesson to teach?   Create a storyboard that includes descriptions of onscreen elements, onscreen text, and any voiceover scripting. If you are teaching “The Flower Theory of Persuasion,” you might include images of flowers, for example.). Add voiceover or music – or both! Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC , a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching.

WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS: Plan Your Way to Success

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

A lesson to teach?   Create a storyboard that includes descriptions of onscreen elements, onscreen text, and any voiceover scripting. If you are teaching “The Flower Theory of Persuasion,” you might include images of flowers, for example.). Add voiceover or music – or both! Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC , a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching.

Writing & Grammar: Understanding Elliptical Sentences

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

The word elliptical actually does not refer to the shape of the sentence, but rather to the concept of ellipsis: leaving something out. 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.

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

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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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It links a subject to one of three things: an adjective describing that subject, a phrase identifying the current location of that subject, or a noun or pronoun that refers to the same person or thing as the subject.     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. Who's Who books do have their grammar right.

Writing & Grammar: Introducing an Acronym

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In this case, consider providing a separate list of acronyms for the reader to refer to. 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: Is It Website or Web Site?

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I was able to find out that the word app can be used on the second reference to a program designed for a smart phone. 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? by Jennie Ruby.

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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? If you don't have time or inclination to collect a shelf-full of reference books and memorize much of what is in them, you can make it a practice to hire a good copyeditor for every job, or, if you like, just ask Jennie. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script?

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

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Mayer established that combining images with a voiceover to be the most effective way of communicating information – 50-75% better, in fact. Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC , a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching. Additionally, Karin teaches undergraduate writing courses for Penn State University and is the Instructional Design Lead for InSync Training.

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Mayer established that combining images with a voiceover to be the most effective way of communicating information – 50-75% better, in fact. Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC , a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching. Additionally, Karin teaches undergraduate writing courses for Penn State University and is the Instructional Design Lead for InSync Training

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Mayer established that combining images with a voiceover to be the most effective way of communicating information – 50-75% better, in fact. Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC , a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching. Additionally, Karin teaches undergraduate writing courses for Penn State University and is the Instructional Design Lead for InSync Training

Writing & Grammar: Should I Put a Comma after But?

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My favorite grammar reference, The Gregg Reference Manual , agrees--the comma after but is overkill.     Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending Jennie's  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. Jennie also teaches the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts  and the Complete Review of Grammar  class.  

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Acronyms Happen

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The reader can then refer to one common source for all of your acronyms, rather than paging back through your text trying to locate the parentheses where you first defined each one. About the Author: Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and "Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby Nearly every piece of technical writing has acronyms.

A Step by Step Guide to Convert PowerPoint Presentations to E-learning

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It can always be made available in the Resources section in case the learners want to refer. Also, the instructor uses various techniques to teach the subject –role plays, questions, stories, etc. But these teaching techniques, or instructional design strategies as the e-learning fraternity calls them, are not “reflected” in the PowerPoint presentations. You also need to decide whether you need a male/female voiceover. Choose the Right Rapid Authoring Tool.

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To Peeve or Not to Peeve?

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I've certainly been proud to be on the curmudgeon--stickler, grammarian side of things--making my first career in editing and my second and third careers writing and teaching about it. An answer came to me from a surprising source: the second novel by  Robert Persig , author of  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  Here, "learnings" refers to any training course--classroom, blended, or online."

Video Tutorials Win (again!): The Unbounce Solution

TechSmith Camtasia

Written by guest author Gary Allen of Unbounce. Having a clear and succinct way of teaching how to use our product is incredibly important because we know Unbounce helps marketers succeed. After analyzing the video feedback from our awesome customers, we decided to focus first on a “How To” series to teach users the ins-and-outs of getting started with Unbounce. Once we had our script, we would record the voiceover. About the Author.

Benefits of Bilingual Education and E-learning  

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The term bilingual education means that academic teaching is done in two languages – the native language of the students and a secondary language. Students in such bilingual education programs are referred to as bilingual learners. Nowadays more and more kids are growing up bilingual.

Adding the human touch to digital learning content

Clive on Learning

In short: 'Relationships matter when attempting to teach human beings.’ But interactive content and reference materials can achieve similar results. Text that uses a formal, impersonal, third-person style tends to make the author seem invisible, whereas the use of first-person narrative makes each student feel as through the teacher is communicating directly with them. We respond emotionally to the human characteristics exhibited by on-screen text and voiceover.

How to write scripts for webinars, videos and eLearning

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But I’ve narrated so many scripts just like this one, teaching employees about how to conduct the research phase of a particular project: This works well as a written piece. Instead of stoically narrating your step numbers, let the visuals do the heavy lifting while you conversationally refer to ‘the first step’, ‘the next step’, and ‘the last step’. Don’t get caught in the author’s trap of writing things as though they’re going to be published in a book.

Video Statistics, Habits, and Trends You Need To Know [New Research]

TechSmith Camtasia

Whether you are teaching people through online content or training internal coworkers, the use of video to share knowledge is becoming an expectation. If your audience is international, keep in mind that some types of humor or cultural references may not work across multiple regions.

63 Great eLearning Posts and Hottest Topics for November 2010

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Reference: Yee, N., & Bailenson, J.N. Ideas Favor the Connected Mind - Big Dog, Little Dog , November 11, 2010In a recent TED Talk, Steven Johnson , the best-selling author of six books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience, gives a presentation titled, Where good ideas come from. Our images should be relevant and be used as a teaching aid. This method was more or less authority guided. Voiceover (6).