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.

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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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.

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 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.

eLearning & Grammar: Should eLearning Text Contain End of Sentence Punctuation?

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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.  

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.

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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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Training: The Value of Assessments

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Jennie is currently teaching two classes for IconLogic: Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts and Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby. Very few readers commented on my recent question about course assessments. Although I do know of at least one training company that offers assessments and feedback after the class, I am deducing that conducting assessments is not the norm.

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: One Word or Two?

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The participant had contributed  only  one sample document before the class. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. by Jennie Ruby    I came across this error in a heartfelt book review: "It is a painful acceptance of the solitude and the loneliness of each and everyone of us."

Writing & Grammar: Correct Uses of Their

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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    This week's answers to my  correct usage of their  challenge challenge are brought to you by our reader  Tara Allen : Everyone  All players  must bring their own golf clubs to the tournament.

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Writing & Grammar: The Importance of Knowing (at least some) Parts of Speech

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Jennie teaches two of our writing classes:  Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts  and  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. by Jennie Ruby    ????If If you have spoken English since infancy, you probably have a lot of the structures of English built into your head. You don't need me to tell you, for example, how to fix this sentence: Towel the into the dryer went.

Writing & Grammar: Verb Agreement

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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    Verb agreement. On one level, it is considered elementary: one dog runs, two dogs run. But as soon as your sentences become a little more sophisticated, verb agreement becomes more challenging.

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: 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: Should I Put a Comma after But?

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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.  

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.

Writing & Grammar: Do You Need a, Comma?

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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    Do I need a comma after "In 2008"? That is one of the most frequent questions I am asked in grammar classes. The answer I must give is that the comma is usually optional.

Writing & Grammar: Confusing Words and Usage

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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    We continue our series of challenges with a mixed challenge on confusing words and confusing usage. See if you can ace these without looking them up. Please send your answers  directly to me. We waited with  baited/bated  breath.

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Writing & Grammar: Commas and Clauses

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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    I wrote about  commas in introductory phrases  last week. This week let's take the issue of introductory elements a step further, differentiating introductory phrases from introductory clauses.

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Writing & Grammar: More Confusing Words and Usage

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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      Here's another challenge on confusing words and usage. Take a stab at the correct answers and send them to me.      I am one of the required signatories, aren't I/ain't I/am I not ?

Writing & Grammar: Taller than Me? Or Taller than I Am?

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A number of documents ( were /was) saved on the flash drive, not the hard drive. Jennie teaches two writing classes: Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts and eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts. by Jennie Ruby. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" " Well, maybe, but will I get the grammar right? Comparisons between people can be tricky--and not just because of the risk for insult.

Writing & Grammar: Apostrophes and Pronouns

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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    The apostrophe can indicate possessive or sometimes plural, as we have recently seen. But wait, there's more: the apostrophe can form a contraction: collapsing two words together and leaving out some letters.

Writing & Grammar: Lay Versus Lie--The Truth

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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    Two words have seldom been more confusing than the two verbs lay and lie. Yes, they are actually two different words, but the first area of confusion is that the simple past tense of  lie  is spelled exactly the same as the word  lay.

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.

Writing & Grammar: Working with Pronoun Case

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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    Here are the answers to last week's pronoun challenge , brought to you, as so many times, by  Jing Ping Fan. I have supplemented her explanation in number 7--the rest is hers. Who's/ whose  shoes are in the dryer?    (Whose) - possessive pronoun.

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Writing & Grammar: One Word or Two? Or Should That Be a Hyphen? Answers to Last Week's Challenge

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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    Last week  I challenged readers of this newsletter to locate all of the phrasal verbs and their related nouns or adjectives in this passage. The command-and-control infrastructure was shutdown in July 2012 shortly after its discovery.

Writing & Grammar: Adjectives Versus Adverbs

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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    Last week's challenge was a tough one. Several readers correctly punctuated the sentences but did not correctly identify which commas were optional. Sadly, only a minority of respondents got everything right. Here are the answers as presented by  Larena Jackson.

Writing & Grammar: Anatomy of a Rewrite

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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    This week I'd like to share a step-by-step edit of a paragraph sent in by one of my students. Here is the original paragraph. The challenge was to get this down to one sentence. This section presents the key themes identified from this environmental snapshot.    Section 3.1

Writing & Grammar: Answers to Last Week's Comma Challenge on Compound Sentences Versus Compound Predicates

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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    Correct answers to  last week's challenge  came in from nine readers (including a number of first responders--thanks for joining us!)