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

Association eLearning

Reading straight from a book, of course, is not conversational. 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. If you can minimize your narration while maximizing the information you convey in it, your eLearning will be that much more effective. Many courses rely upon voiceover to help connect with their learners.

The Purpose Effect – Book Review & Interview With Dan Pontefract

Learnnovators

We, at Learnnovators, are privileged to review Dan Pontefract ‘s second book, “ The Purpose Effect ” that is scheduled to release on May 10, 2016. Below is our review of the book and an insightful interview with Dan… THE PURPOSE EFFECT – REVIEW. In his book, The Purpose Effect , Dan Pontefract brilliantly distils the malady that pervades many corporations today. What inspired you to write this book?

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

Association eLearning

Reading straight from a book, of course, is not conversational. 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. If you can minimize your narration while maximizing the information you convey in it, your eLearning will be that much more effective. Many courses rely upon voiceover to help connect with their learners.

Blog Book Tour Recap Week Three: hectic

Kapp Notes

Day Eleven: Randy Hinrichs at his 2b3D's blog. Had an entry titled Welcome to 2b3d 3D Learning Blog Time where he talked about the fact that "3D virtual learning is about the experience" and not about the technology. We did, however, have an innovative post Mark Copeman at Being Smarter who created a mash up of Skype and his video program for an interesting discussion about the book tour itself. Still only blog buddies and have never met face-to-face.

Announcing the Brain Matters Coloring Book

Learningtogo

I’m so excited about my new book, The Brain Matters Coloring Book ! This entailed filling in the black and white illustrations in the book with any colors you wanted. The child needs to focus on the task at hand and finish the page, building self-management skills that will later make it easier to work math problems or write a school paper. If you have a child in your life, check out the free coloring page templates on the kid’s activities blog.

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48 Books Every Aspiring Chief Learning Officer Should Read

TalentLMS

This is why my team and I put together this list of forty-eight books. The books are organized by category: Books recommended by training experts (4). Learning books (4). Corporate training books (3). Instructional design books (6). Learning technology books (2). Virtual instructor-led training books (3). Evaluation & Feedback books (4). Motivation & Gamification books (5). Talent management books (3).

Blogging to Build Your Business

Experiencing eLearning

I recently gave a presentation to the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals about blogging to build your business. This is specifically about what I have learned about blogging to build your reputation as a learning consultant over my 9+ years of blogging. I started blogging in December 2006 as a tool for my own professional development. Now I have my business in one place and my blog in another, which splits my online identity. Writing.

#Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Blog Book Tour Recap

Kapp Notes

The blog book tour for The Gamification of Learning and Instruction has come to an end. To date, the tour has led to over 2000 books being sold with 200 of them being ebooks and Pfeiffer indicated that the book is the best-selling new title from Pfeiffer this year. In his recent (and still on-going) Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) on Gamification, Kevin Werbach, Assistant Professor at Wharton said this about the book…. Read the Book (available from ASTD).

How to get everyone to write like Ernest Hemingway

Making Change

When we talk about writing style, we can get bogged down in personal preferences that are hard to communicate. Many plain-English advocates suggest aiming for a score in the 60s, and that’s my preference, too (this blog post gets a 63). But changing your style to get a higher score can also have a profound effect on how the reader feels about you. Write active sentences that make clear who does what. Therefore, we should write at grade 16.

40+ Instructional Design and eLearning Books

Experiencing eLearning

This is a compilation and update of my book list and book review posts. These are some of my favorites, plus recommendations from readers of my blog. Design For How People Le arn by Julie Dirksen is one of my favorite books in the field. The book includes practical tips on working with SMEs and avoiding interactivity and multimedia for the sake of being flashy. Read my full review about this practical book. Several people recommended this book.

Blog Book Tour: Social Media for Trainers--stop #9

ID Reflections

#SoMe for Trainers: Beating the Forgetting Curve This is the 9th stop of the Blog Book Tour for Jane Bozarth's new book, S ocial Media for Trainers. This book addresses the sceptics, the doubting and the uninitiated as well as those experienced in using the tools. This book is a case in a point. In this book, she “breaks down” the components of each SoMe tool, clarifies when these can be best used, how to use them and, most importantly, why.

Instructional Design and E-Learning Blogs

Experiencing eLearning

Back when I wrote my instructional design careers series in 2007, I was only aware of a few blogs by instructional designers. Since then, I’ve discovered a wealth of blogs by instructional designers, e-learning developers, and workplace learning specialists. Design for Learning is written by Natalie Laderas-Kilkenny, a former coworker of mine who blogs on education and technology. Tracy Hamilton writes Discovery through eLearning.

Tips for Writing Instructional and Training Material

Convergence Training

It’s not easy to write well. Or, as Ernest Hemingway put it, “Easy writing makes hard reading.”. And while it’s true that all types of writing are difficult, it’s also true that each type of writing presents its own special challenges.

Gamification of Learning and Instruction Blog Book Tour Week One Recap

Kapp Notes

The first week of the blog book tour has ended and it has been a fantastic week with informative blog posts, information and opinions about gamification and even a bit of controversy. Then on Friday Judy Unrein discussed how the book can benefit instructional designers and Rich Mesch made us all hungry when he reminded us that just like Chocofication (adding chocolate to everything) is not a good idea, neither is gamification of all content a good idea. Week One Recap.

Book review: Leaving ADDIE for SAM: will agile eLearning development become mainstream?

Challenge to Learn

I have read the book from Michael Allen ( and Richard Sites) with a lot of interest and it is a book that I can recommend to read, it does explain the why and the how of the approach and it contains a lot of practical stuff like examples and check list that will help you get started. The book starts with why we need a new approach. The book contains a huge amount of examples, checklists and even a complete project plan. PDF e-book edition ISBN: 978-1-60728-675-2.

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How to write scripts for webinars, videos and eLearning

BrightCarbon

This blog article could also be called ‘confessions of a voice-over artist.’ So here are my top tips for writing a good script for webinars and videos. Writing scripts: Keep it simple, keep it snappy. Writing scripts: Use punctuation. If we put a comma after ‘effectively’, suddenly the sentence has a nice symmetrical structure. The way we narrate a step-by-step process is not the way we write it down. Writing scripts: Be direct.

Is Your eLearning Effective for Dummies?

Integrated Learnings

I recently started teaching myself how to play harmonica with the help of a book from the For Dummies series. That said, I realize that the point of these books is to instruct. But that's the point of a lot of books, and not all of them do it well. The book's friendly voice helps create a feeling of learning from a personable instructor. When you draft training materials, do they read more like a traditional textbook or a casual blog post ? By Shelley A. Gable.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

He frequently shares about accessible elearning development through our Learning Dispatch blog and newsletter. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. Designers and developers are focused, in other words, on making sure that they create effective digital content. And, really, creating effective digital content is what digital accessibility is all about. See the book for more detail.).

Write a strong goal: Sell it to Scrooge

Making Change

A good business goal helps you sell your project to Scrooges like me, but it also has a profound effect on the type of training you develop. If this seems like something out of a book, that’s because it is. I’m writing a book on action mapping , and it should be available in the next couple of months. I’ll be sure to announce it in the blog.

Balancing Personal and Organizational Blogging

David Kelly

I’ve been blogging for a number of years now. I 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. Writing for TWIST has been an interesting experience, as the work that I do for the Guild exists in the same intersection of learning and technology that my personal blog supports.

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

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

When writing training materials, I am always looking for new ways to introduce a lesson and keep the tone engaging. The introduction to a lesson needs to draw in the learners and get them motivated to continue the training, and the writing throughout the lesson has to keep their attention. To find an answer, I skimmed some of the writing in my shelf-full of training books. Several of the Dummies books have a cartoon at the beginning of each chapter.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. Designers and developers are focused, in other words, on making sure that they create effective digital content. And, really, creating effective digital content is what digital accessibility is all about. In other words, it’s about creating an effective website. For more on this topic, see Grove’s blog posts on accessibility business case arguments ).

Free e-Learning books

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/14/2010 Free e-Learning books Since I am a great fun of open source software ( Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning , Free and Open Source Web Conferencing Tools for e-Learning ) and active member of online communities I created the following list with free e-Learning books. => You can read the full text of the book here for free.

Comic Books and eLearning: Examples and Resources

Convergence Training

Comic books, the movies that they spawned, and graphic novels are a massive part of the American cultural scene these days. For example, adults now freely admit to reading comic books. We’ve seen serious books written about comics and the history of comics, including The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. This is the first of two articles about comic books and eLearning.

How to Effectively Sell Your Online Courses Using Email Marketing

learnWorlds

Email marketing is 40x times more effective at acquiring new customers than social media marketing – Facebook and Twitter ( McKinsey , 2014). 5 Email Marketing Metrics: How to Evaluate and Use Them Effectively. 7 Email Writing: How to Write Better Email Content.

How to Monetize a Blog: 12 Ways Used by Successful Bloggers

learnWorlds

Looking for ways to monetize your blog? Here’s a list of 12 ways to help you with your blog monetization strategy. 3 Way #3: Turn Your Blog Into a Membership Site. This should help drive traffic to your new blog on a daily basis. Adult colouring books.

Reading month: Reading with Jack book reviews

TechSmith Camtasia

Jack is a remarkable young man who has his own YouTube Channel, ReadingWithJack , where he gives video book reviews of the books he reads. How many books do you read each month, and how long do they take you to read? The amount of books I read each month varies depending on what time of year it is – if it’s exam season at school, I hardly read anything, but if it’s the summer holidays, I’ll read loads! How do you choose books to review?

LEARNNOVATORS PRESENTS BLOG SERIES ON GAMIFICATION BY KARL KAPP

Learnnovators

Learnnovators, a leading e-learning company, has Karl Kapp writing a series of blog posts for them on gamification. The goal of this series, comprising of five blog posts, is to establish a fundamental understanding about gamification, and to provide pointers on how it can be implemented within an organization. The post LEARNNOVATORS PRESENTS BLOG SERIES ON GAMIFICATION BY KARL KAPP appeared first on Learnnovators - Innovative eLearning Solutions. Chennai (India).

10 Best (Learning) Books of 2009

Sticky Learning

After my longest break away from the stickylearning blog I thought a good place to begin was by reviewing the 10 books that I got the most from during 2009. When writing blog posts I draw ideas from a pretty wide range of areas and my reading over the last year has been equally wide. If you haven't seen or read all the books in the list, I can highly recommend all of them! A clear winner for my best 2009 book! Tags: Books Ideas Learning

Join the LearningToGo Six Question Challenge and Win a Free Book!

Learningtogo

Why is his technique so much more effective? Buy his book, Triggers, on Margie’s Bookshelf. All you have to do is write six questions targeting a change you want to make in your life, using Goldsmith’s questions as a guide, and let me know the results after 10 days. LearningToGo Blog behavior brain Brain Matters change drawing growth growth mindset habit intention leadership learn Marshall Goldsmith neuroscience optimism research study

8 Effective Scenario Ideas for Instructional Designers

eLearning Brothers

Elements of Effective Scenarios. Here are some elements that designers should consider when creating effective scenarios: involves mentally processing and connecting the content presented to the question/task. Here is more research done about the effectiveness of scenarios.). Just think about the old choose your own adventure books. See more of the Quarantine example in the Adobe Blog. Cathy Moore’s — Tips on How to Write Good Scenarios.

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5 Great Serious Games and Gamification Blogs to Follow

Knowledge Guru

So in line with that mission, we’d like to recommend 5 great blogs about serious games and gamification (besides our own of course). We’ll start with the blog that will keep you in the know. The other major reason we’re including this blog is their affiliation with GSummit, one of the biggest conferences for learning about gamification. His credentials alone land him on this list of recommended blogs, but the content is great too.

Brain Rules for Learning: Who Knew? We All Did. | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS Brain Rules for Learning: Who Knew? by Andrea on April 15, 2011 in Classroom Learning , Informal Learning , Training Development , blended learning , eLearning , social learning Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a keynote speech by Dr. John Medina on his book Brain Rules at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2011 conference. Blog this!

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Gamification of Learning and Instruction Blog Book Tour Week One Recap

The Learning Circuits

Week One Recap The first week of the blog book tour has ended and it has been a fantastic week with informative blog posts, information and opinions about gamification and even a bit of controversy. Then on Friday Judy Unrein discussed how the book can benefit instructional designers and Rich Mesch made us all hungry when he reminded us that just like Chocofication (adding chocolate to everything) is not a good idea, neither is gamification of all content a good idea.

Break Out the Crayons – Your Brain Needs to Color!

Learningtogo

This entailed filling in the black and white illustrations in the book with any colors you wanted. The child needs to focus on the task at hand and finish the page, building self-management skills that will later make it easier to work math problems or write a school paper. If you have a child in your life, check out the free coloring page templates on the kid’s activities blog. You may already own a coloring book. Coloring is great for kids.

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My Top 10 'Learning' books from 2010

Sticky Learning

Below you'll find my top recommendations for the year along with a short summary of what I got out of reading each book. Probably no real surprise for anyone who has read my blog, I really like the way Garr Reynolds has brought a sense of design to slideware. It is really an expansion of the design section from the original book, adding a good deal of extra information and ideas along the way. A good book and well worth the read!

Blogging: Five of the best

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Florian Klauer on unsplash I have been privileged over the past few years to have garnered a good audience for my writing. As this blog approaches 8.5 Blogging has always been one of the ways I best express my ideas, and coupled with teaching, public speaking and a number of interviews on video and through podcasting, it has been my main channel of communication and dialogue with my professional community in recent years. Penguin Books: New York.

How to build an effective performance evaluation system

TalentLMS

Having an effective performance evaluation system in place can really make a difference. An effective system also helps weed out any “bad apples” faster — before their poor performance or behavior affects the whole organization.

How to write a training manual with a microlearning authoring tool

Ed App

Furthermore, if rules, procedures, or other regulations change, a training manual using a microlearning platform can be the most effective tool to use when disseminating this information to one’s employees. The key to having an effective training manual is using the right tools.

Effective Training Visuals—Reduce Realism

OpenSesame

This is the third in a series of blog posts intended to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering the effectiveness of the visuals they include. As we did in the two previous posts, we’re going to provide visual examples of guidelines drawn from the book Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand by Connie Malamed. The silhouetted human figure, gears, and mangled arm convey this hazard effectively.