Writing & Grammar: The Power of Passive Voice

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Jennie Ruby    As writers, we know we are not supposed to use the passive voice. Nearly every writers' guide tells us to prefer the active voice. But, as a student in one of my grammar classes recently argued, knee-jerk conversion of every sentence to active may actually make the writing lose its point. This week's challenge: Rewrite the following entirely passive paragraph using mostly active voice. Writing & Grammar

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Story Research, UX, Resumes: ID Links 1/20/22

Experiencing eLearning

I share these links periodically here on my blog. This post includes links on research on how stories improve learning, UX, transforming teacher resumes, adaptive learning, AI voices, and animation. I got a mention near the end for some of my writing about Twine. AI voices.

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Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

You can write step-by-step instructions like a pro, but now you have been asked to create voice-over narratives for e-Learning scripts. Suddenly you must break out of the concise and factual focus of instructional writing and create text that engages and motivates the learner. Establish the appropriate voice, tone, and vocabulary for that audience. Learn the specific verbal techniques that create your intended voice and tone. Tags: Writing & Grammar

Voice Mobile Reflections

Clark Quinn

I have only recently upgraded to a phone with any meaningful voice capabilities, an iPhone with Siri in my particular case. Then, finding out m’lady was out and about, I decided to see if I could text by voice as well (which my brother assures me is how he always does it on his Android device). So I made one for that post (coming soon), and one to write this (see, it works!).

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12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

audio elements, including your voice. Google AI Blog (2014), ‘A picture is worth a thousand (coherent) words: building a natural description of images’ 4 Give Your Video. the chance to write their answer in a text box. and is displayed in the most effective way possible.

Why I blog

E-Learning Provocateur

I’ve been blogging for several years now, and a question that continually pops up is why do I do it? I blog primarily for myself. I use writing as a vehicle for my thinking. By presenting my thoughts to the world, I need to understand them, and articulate them effectively for others to understand. The tag line of my blog is provoking deeper thinking. Comments are the lifeblood of blogging.

How to Do Voice Over Like a Pro: The Complete Guide

TechSmith Camtasia

If you make videos — especially how-to and explainer videos — you will almost certainly need to record voice overs. In fact, depending on how many videos you create, you may have to do a lot of voice over work. What is a voice over? The four things that ensure a great voice over.

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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.

Writing & Grammar: Punctuation and Compound Sentences

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Training writing should be concise, clear and written at about the 4th through 8th grade level. Trainers giving voice instruction regularly pause after the word and , not before. Looking for help with your writing technique? Jennie teaches two writing classes: Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts and eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts. Already a writing wiz? Join Jennie to learn how to create effective quizzes and surveys.

Writing & Grammar: Meeting of Peeved Minds

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Stumpf  voices her agreement with  Michael Stein : I totally agree with Michael. Speaking of getting it wrong,  Laura Gillenwater  writes in to clarify her pet peeve about  impact , which I mistakenly took to be complaint about its use as a verb: One small clarification.I actually wasn't complaining about the use of  impact  as a [verb], but, rather, its incorrect use when the person means "effect." Writing & Grammar

How Research Informs My Work

Experiencing eLearning

Writing. Much of my work as an instructional designer involves writing–and we have a lot of research to guide us on how to write to support learning. Essentially, any time you do instructional writing (scripts, online text, instructions, etc.),

Voice-over videos for eLearning: A step-by-step guide

TalentLMS

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “ voice-over video? ”. Voice-over is an extremely versatile type of video and can be used on anything from movie trailers to college lectures to, of course, corporate training. There are many types of voice-over video.

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

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

The two instructors both teach in loud voices, but Samuel is louder than her. Looking for help with your writing technique? Jennie teaches two writing classes: Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts and eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts. Already a writing wiz? Join Jennie to learn how to create effective quizzes and surveys. Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Writing & Grammar: Precise Placement of Only

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Placement of the word  only  is frequently tweaked by copyeditors for greater accuracy in writing-especially technical writing. Several respondents to  last week's challenge  entered into the spirit of deciding where to use passive voice based on what they wanted to emphasize in the sentence. I also appreciated  Mary Jo Feeney's  take on the paragraph, which was very similar and all active voice. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Use of Colons with Complete Sentences

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Jennie Ruby  A very common error I see at all levels of writing is failure to use a complete sentence before a colon. Answers to my last challenge  are brought to you by  Vera Sytch , who also voiced this opinion for many of us: "Glad I'm not in the field of economics!" Many of you injected transition words or changed transition words in an attempt to make this writing clearer. Looking for help with your writing technique?

Writing & Grammar: Working with Pronoun Case

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

" Further [Jennie's note], with a linking verb such as  are , the subject  guys  and the pronoun  who  acting as the predicate nominative are the same people, thus both are effectively in the subject role in the sentence.). Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammar

The Complete Guide to Doing Voice Overs Like a Pro

TechSmith Camtasia

Chances are, if you make videos — especially how-to and explainer videos – you will need to record voice overs. In fact, depending on how many videos you create, you may have to do a lot of voice over work. But how can you ensure your voice over is good enough to keep your audience’s attention? Essentials of good voice over. Some of you might be wondering about the difference between voice over and narration. How to not hate the sound of your own voice.

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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. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script?

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.

How to write scripts for webinars, videos and eLearning

BrightCarbon

This blog article could also be called ‘confessions of a voice-over artist.’ For several years I’ve done voice-over work here at BrightCarbon, lending my voice to eLearning courses, promotional videos, and webinars aplenty. 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. Writing scripts: Be direct. Writing scripts: Be conversational.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Recasting Sentences for Clarity and Emphasis

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Jennie Ruby Recasting sounds like something a fly fisherman would do, but in writing and editing it means to restructure a sentence. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a 3-hour, online class later this week called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. During the class I'll be teaching you how to define the appropriate voice and tone for a narrative text.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: More on Funny. or Not

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a new online class in May called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. During the class I'll be teaching you how to define the appropriate voice and tone for a narrative text. You will learn how to take specific steps to create the engaging and personable writing style that voice-over narratives require.

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. It’s also been a great way to add my voice to the conversations that help us contextualize the changes taking place in the learning and technology space I am so passionate about. In addition to my personal blog, I’ve also written for other magazines and periodicals over the years, including the eLearning Guild Blog, TWIST.

Top 10 E Learning Blogs

Ed App

From looking for the best e learning tool to discovering the most effective digital learning strategy, you can always count on elearning blogs to get a good stream of great ideas. Perhaps you’re on the prowl for the best blogs to stay on top of the latest trends in the world of elearning? Below, you’ll find the top e learning blogs you should check out right now. . Top E Learning Blog #1 – EdApp Microlearning Blog. Check out the Twist blog.

Teacher Voices: Naomi Hancock

Learning with 'e's

That is exactly the purpose of this series of blog posts. It's also a chance for them to voice their hopes and fears about teaching, now they are actually in the thick of it. Live Skypes also have had the same effect giving the children a window of opportunity to immerse themselves in the topic and conversation. I had the low ability English group and they were still near the end of year 2 struggling with their phonics and general engagement in writing.

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Is Your eLearning Effective for Dummies?

Integrated Learnings

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 ? This eLearning blog is brought to you by Integrated Learning Services , an eLearning design & development company. Instructional Design Learner-centric eLearning Blog Learning Style Best Practices Workplace Learning Writing Tips eLearning Visual Design Attention

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

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

These were the questions of one reader this week, and these questions come up in nearly every writing class I teach ! Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a new online class in May called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. During the class I'll be teaching you how to define the appropriate voice and tone for a narrative text. Tags: Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Do Training Examples Need to Keep it Real?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a new online class in May called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts. During the class I'll be teaching you how to define the appropriate voice and tone for a narrative text. You will learn how to take specific steps to create the engaging and personable writing style that voice-over narratives require. by Jennie Ruby.

Teacher Voices: Kate Bartlett

Learning with 'e's

It inspired creative writing and really engaged them. I like using technology in a cross-curricular way – I think it is most effective like this. Oh, and don’t ever write a to-do list expecting to complete it. I’m currently surviving my way through my NQT year but I have big plans for the coming years regarding blogging and technology so watch this space! This is a continuation of my series of interviews with former students who are now teachers.

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35 AI Writing Tools to Help You Create & Market Your Online Courses [2022]

learnWorlds

Creating online courses is a process that starts with content writing. Content creation doesn’t stop in writing your online course content. There are AI writing tools available that can generate quality marketing content for your courses – all with the click of a button!”.

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.

Repurpose Your Content: Make a Blog Video!

TechSmith Camtasia

Writing a blog post is often time consuming and a lot of effort goes into research, writing, and editing. Since you’re already writing the post –why not also make a blog video? A vlog is a blog that is primarily delivered in video format. For our purposes, when we say blog video , we’re talking about a video summary of a blog post. You can use your blog video on social media to promote the post and drive traffic to the blog post.

Content SEO: Writing for Your Audience

KnowledgeCity

This short attention span means that as blog writers working for optimal content SEO, you must craft your writing to grab the reader’s attention immediately. This approach is hardly a new one, but many businesses struggle with understanding who they are writing blogs for. Write to Be Seen. Without a proper SEO content marketing strategy, you may as well be writing blogs, printing them out, and posting them to your company fridge. Active Voice.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE & GOANIMATE: Sharing Voices Is Quick and Easy

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

The voice of one of the screen characters becomes the voice who is guiding my learner through the spreadsheet lesson.   But how did I get the same TTS voice from GoAnimate to Captivate?     Knowing that I would want the same voice both in GoAnimate and in Captivate, I created some fake slides in Captivate, with the dialog script for the screen characters I was creating in GoAnimate typed into the Slide Notes. by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP.

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 ).

How to Write Compelling eLearning Content

360 Training

Teachers require great communication skills (listening, speaking, writing, and reading) to transmit knowledge effectively and motivate students to learn. Though online teachers do not need expertise in all four communication areas, strong writing skills enables them to share their knowledge successfully. eLearning courses require a great deal of writing for on-screen text, audio scripts, learning objectives, assessments, interactivity, feedback, case studies, stories, etc.

How To Learn Effectively With Different Online Formats

SmartUp

By now, enough time has passed for trainers and learners to experiment and gather effective strategies as we move forward with this new way of learning. Of course, writing may not always be feasible when doing other activities such as running. Blog Learning

Five days to better e-learning: recap

Good To Great

If you were following last week’s series of blog posts about refreshing and improving an old e-learning course in five days , there was a lot to take in. Day 4: Tone of voice, style and character. Instructional design Learning and training Tips and examples behavioural change creative writing e-learning tips effectiveness engagement good e-learning iitt inspiration instructional design interaction language learning relevance scenarios tone of voice

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. The week opened with a posting of the tour stops on the Learning Circuit’s Blog and the Kapp Notes blog and then introduced everyone to the Facebook page for the book and then the discussion really ramped up with Jane Bozarth talking about the how the book takes a common sense look at the subject.

Top five tips for writing an effective, engaging compliance course

Saffron Interactive

But here at Saffron we believe it’s absolutely possible to create effective, engaging training that achieves both competence and compliance. We’ve had user feedback confirming what we already believed: a plain English, conversational tone of voice contributes to keeping learners engaged and therefore to the effectiveness of the training. Download: Top ten tips for writing an effective, engaging compliance course.