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

Origin Learning

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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Elements of Ideal eLearning Design

Origin Learning

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.

How to Navigate Difficult Internal and External eLearning Customers

eLearning Brothers

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: 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.

Direct vs Consultative Digital Content Development

B Online Learning

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 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.

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.

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: 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 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: 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.

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.

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: 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 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.

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: 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).

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 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.

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 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.

Buy the Course Get the Source

B Online Learning

Think of the published file as the PDF and the source file as the word document the PDF came from, you can’t change what the PDF says without the word document.

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Estimating Time for Rebuilding an Existing Course Library with Captivate

Adobe Captivate

In this article, I will share with you how I determined how many hours it would take me to re-build an existing catalog of courses in Captivate and show you examples of documents I created to assist me in the process.

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: 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 ?

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.

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.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: The Reverse Outline

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With the new outline in a new document, and your draft text in your original document, set up your screen so you can see both documents at once. If you are using Word, you can use the View Side by Side tool to view the two documents at the same time. I do recommend dragging or cutting the text from the old document, and not copying, because I once copied the same sentence into two different locations and was at risk of giving my readers déjà vu. by Jennie Ruby.

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.

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 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.

Writing & Grammar: Do You Know Your Dashes?

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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 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."

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.