TechSmith Camtasia Studio: Adding Closed Captions

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by Kevin Siegel        Closed captioning (CC) allows you to provide descriptive information in your published eLearning project that typically matches the voiceover audio contained in your Camtasia project. During this post I'm going to show you how you can add the captions manually (by typing or copying/pasting from an existing script), and how to have Camtasia transcribe the voiceover audio using the Speech-to-text feature.

Elements of Engaging eLearning Design

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Quite often I have seen eLearning projects go haywire because the first-level design document was not clear. Yes, minor changes do happen; but a complete 360-degree turn from what was initially agreed-upon in the first design document does not bode well for any project.

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5 keys for Section 508 Compliance and Web Accessibility

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Voiceover for vision disability accessibility: We recorded voiceover content to help explain complex conceptual issues and maintained transcripts of the audio to include on every related page in each course. 3) Provide a Transcript for Voiceover Audio.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Would vs. Will

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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.       If you press cancel, the document will not be saved.          If you pressed cancel, the document would not be saved.      Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? by Jennie Ruby.

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A Narrative Approach to e-Learning: Have we had enough of it?

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For others keep the option of ‘muting’ the audio voiceover, to make sure it does not hinder their learning preference. Others may feel that audio does not serve the purpose of explaining in detail and they would learn better with a text-document.

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Writing & Grammar: Punctuation and Compound Sentences

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But one answer explained why, and another answer revealed a strange pattern I've been noticing lately in training voiceovers. I was amazed at David's insight into this puzzling pattern that I hear in voiceovers. by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar: Where Did My Name Go?

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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. If they had all been working in Word 2007, I would then have guessed that someone along the way had used the Inspect Document tool to remove all personal information from the document. The Inspect Document tool is found by choosing Office Button > Prepare > Inspect Document.

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. New Year's Eve is the night before, when all the partying really takes place.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Confusing Pairs

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  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.   by Jennie Ruby If you have been confused by the use of the word inflammable , you are not alone.

Design Learning Experiences – Not Instructional Presentations

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I remember when the Word document was the all-powerful tool, the template for the storyboard with its neatly structured boxes/placeholders to add on-screen text, voiceover text, and instructions for the graphic designer all fine-tuned.

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

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A style sheet is a list of your formatting, punctuation, and capitalization decisions for a document. Plus, if you work within an organization or a team, the documents coming out of the organization should be consistent. Consistency lends credibility and professionalism to documents and stamps them with the organization's branding or corporate identity. For software training documents, follow the on-screen displayed names of things. by Jennie Ruby.

How to Navigate Difficult Internal and External eLearning Customers

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Changing the voiceover that we’ve already recorded is like altering the script an actress uses for her lines. Documentation. Document the specifics so you can provide clients with a “cheat sheet” for development timing when a project begins.

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Writing & Grammar: Quoting at Length

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Most people who quote someone's words in a document understand the need to use quotation marks around the text (lest you be accused of plagiarizing!). Jennie teaches two writing classes: Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts and eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts. by Jennie Ruby. But a more confusing situation occurs when you are quoting someone at length.

Writing & Grammar: Editing in the Cloud

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You have a Word document and you need multiple people to review it and get back to you with changes. Here is an overview of the two programs' tools for reviewing documents. It attaches your Word document to an email message. You send your document to multiple recipients and ask them to review it using Track Changes. Each reviewer completes a review and emails the document back. The Comments tool allows for more extensive discussion of the document.

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

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Acrobat picked this number up from the desktop publishing software used to create the document. Or do you need a reliable way to get feedback from several people on a document or PowerPoint deck? 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. by Jennie Ruby.

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.

Direct vs Consultative Digital Content Development

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Second review of the whole course end to end (and sign off on external media scripting, e.g. professional voiceover). B Online Learning considers factors to actively partner with the client to discuss, workshop, uncover, document and subsequently advise the client on the best way forward.

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. These sentences do sometimes end just where they began.

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.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Converting Empty Phrases to Gold

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Strangely, these wordy phrases tend to pop up in the first sentence of an article or training document, right where you need to be grabbing the reader's attention and holding it.   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: 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. 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).

Microsoft Word: Customize the Status Bar

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  Click the Section shortcut, or any of the position shortcuts, and the Go To dialog box opens, allowing you to go to any section, line, page, or position in the document.   The Word Count shortcut does more than tell you the number of words in the document. The Proofing shortcut will take you to the next red- or green-underlined spelling or grammar problem in the document. If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class.

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. This popular expression, however, is grammatically wrong.

Writing & Grammar: Name that Mouse Move!

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by Jennie Ruby  In training documents, help menu text and documentation we often find ourselves trying to describe common computer user actions. Moran , who must work with a lot of government regulations or proposals, because this numbering system is heavily redolent of legal document numbering. Jennie teaches two writing classes:  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts.

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

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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.

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

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To help make the process quicker, we created a document formatting template. This can be used to format new documents automatically. [If 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 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. by Jennie Ruby.

Microsoft Word: To Track or Not to Track Changes

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Even if a reviewer of the edited document wanted Power Point to be printed with a space, you would not allow it, because PowerPoint is the proper name of the software.   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.

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Writing & Grammar: A Brief History of Editing

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They are writing their corrections on a printout and later making the corrections to their document. I recently taught a group of accountants who each had two wide-screen monitors set up in portrait orientation so that they could view two legal-size documents side by side. When I started developing procedures for electronic editing in the 1980s, no word processor had a method for showing the changes to be made to a document. by Jennie Ruby.

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.

Writing & Grammar: Ways to Deal With Tracked Changes Aversion

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These are usually easy to fix, but show that they have trouble reading the document with the changes tracked." I routinely include a cover letter to reviewers (the email message to which a document with tracked changes is attached) that explains a few settings the reviewer may want to use in reviewing the document. By selecting Final , I explain, the reviewer can see a clean copy of the document. by Jennie Ruby.

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

Moving Classroom Training to eLearning

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When the Internet was in its early days, websites would often look just like a document: whole paragraphs of text with headings, filling the screen from side to side.     The voiceover script of eLearning cannot have the dense layers of meaning and abstract terminology typically used in academic text meant to be read. by Jennie Ruby    When information needs to be moved to a new medium, we have a tendency to try to make the new medium fit the mold of the old.

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.

Keeping Video Content Up To Date

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As content creators develop more visuals to be used in their documentation, training and marketing content, a challenge is growing in the industry: Keeping those images and videos up to date. Example: IBM’s Watson Voice Technology was used to generate the voiceover.

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.