Writing Scenarios + Free Tools: ID Links 4/12/22

Experiencing eLearning

I share these links periodically here on my blog. This post includes links on writing branching scenarios, free tools, content curation, xAPI, and getting started in Storyline. Writing branching scenarios. As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful.

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

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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. This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences.

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Frustratingly Effective Learning

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In short, effective learning usually isn’t “the quick and easy path.”. How to Tell Frustratingly Effective eLearning from Bad eLearning. At the end of the day, distinguishing frustratingly effective courses from downright bad ones is a useful skill. I’m going to nominate my writing composition class from freshman year.

Writing & Grammar: Affect vs. Effect

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The affect versus effect confusion still reigns supreme as the most consistently asked question in my grammar classes. This time, I'll ignore the rarer definitions of these two words: effect as a verb and affect as the noun for emotional state. If you are working on text that has those more obscure usages, then you probably have no trouble with effect versus affect in their more common states. Effect is a noun. Affect/Effect Challenge. by Jennie Ruby.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

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. When they’re set up within an effective authoring tool, you don’t need to attend to every.

How to Write Good Assessment Questions

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Believe it or not, it can be hard to write effective questions. This is true whether you’re making an eLearning assessment or writing questions for a traditional in-classroom test. Write confusingly worded questions to “trip up” the learners. An effective assessment is a feather in any course’s cap, whether it’s online or on paper. “Can someone explain this question to me? I don’t know what it’s asking.”. How am I supposed to know the answer to this?

Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts

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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. Learn three specific writing styles that will directly engage the learner. Practice writing narratives with our planned examples, or, if you choose, work with an actual project of your own.

Writing & Grammar: Stylistic Conventions

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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. Technical Communications Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Parentheses

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The way I think of it is that if the previous sentence was over before you inserted the parenthetical part, and you have a complete sentence inside the parentheses, then the period goes on the inside: We offer classes on writing and grammar. (We All of the participants completed the final exercise on Friday (the snowstorm had no detrimental effect on their learning).     Looking for help with your writing technique? Already a writing master?

Writing & Grammar: Qualifying Possessives

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But I think that in a professional writing context, or with longer appositives, this falls apart and becomes awkward and possibly even confusing: We saved the file in Tim, the manager for the project's shared folder. So we pretty much have to go for the re-write in order to both identify the person and make the person clearly possessive: We saved the file in the shared folder belonging to Tim, the manager for the project. TechComm Technical Communications Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Confusing Words

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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. Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby    Sometimes confusing words take us by surprise, and sometimes we just blank on them. Being familiar with commonly confused words can help. The following words and phrases are like sharks lurking in the waters of our language: watch out!

Writing & Grammar: Quoting at Length

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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.

Writing & Grammar: British versus American Punctuation

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British and international readers--feel free to give them the appropriate treatment for your writing.). "The 'Wicked Ale effect'", according to my colleague, "Is a marketing technique for covering several media at the same time" A picture placed directly in the text, rather than floating, is called an "in-line" graphic. TechComm Technical Communications Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Answers to Interruptions

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The blog--even after the extensive upgrade we purchased last quarter-- was still slow to load on mobile devices.    The words  affect  and  effect  are commonly used incorrectly. What will the effect/affect of the new restrictions be? The new director will effect/affect some changes in the current policy. The revisions to the software will effect/affect how we use it. How will the new functions effect/affect our template?

Writing & Grammar: Idiomatic Expressions

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The common grammarian wisdom here is always use  because  instead in writing. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby    On the long, traffic-bemired trip back from Thanksgiving, my car passengers contributed their pet peeves to this week's challenge. Do you know these?

Why I blog

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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.

Writing & Grammar: Nauseated by Nauseous

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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.

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. Writing & Grammarby 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.

Business Writing that Works: 3 Key Principles

Your Training Edge

Writing may be an art, and business may be, well a business, but when you combine these two entities, inconceivable success will be what you’re left with! Professional business writers may make business writing look as easy as taking candy from a toddler, but there’s more to grabbing the attention of the corporate audience than simply noting down your thoughts. Literary genius is hardly ever appreciated in corporate write-ups. Featured Featured Posts Business writing

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

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Training writing should be concise, clear and written at about the 4th through 8th grade level. 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 & Grammarby Jennie Ruby.

Six Steps for Writing Perfect eLearning Assessments

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Considering their importance, this blog discusses 6 crucial steps needed to frame eLearning assessments, effectively – including aligning them with learning objectives and creating the answer key.

Writing & Grammar: Pronoun Case

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If there were separate houses, we would write it this way: Jennie's and my houses are on the same street. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammar

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. Writing & Grammarby 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.

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. Writing & Grammarby 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.

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.

Writing & Grammar: Adjectives Versus Adverbs

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   She writes, "Our standard calls for a comma with introductory prepositional phrases. Legal writing has a great need for consistency and precision, and using more commas tends to help in that goal. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammar

How Research Informs My Work

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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.),

Writing & Grammar: Name that Mouse Move!

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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

Writing & Grammar: Meeting of Peeved Minds

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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." Finally, one more pronunciation peeve:  Tanya Davis  writes, I have a pronunciation pet peeve.

Writing & Grammar: More Confusing Words

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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. Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby    Because the results of last week's challenge were so revealing (see below), I bring you a similar challenge this week. Choose the correct word in these examples--discussion to follow. He lead/led the charge into the superstore for the one-day sales event.

Writing & Grammar: What You Need to Know About Lists

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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  Readers like lists, and as writers, we know that. But there are many ways to go wrong with lists.

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. Writing & Grammarby 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 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.   She is a publishing professional with more than 20 years of experience in writing, editing and desktop publishing.

Writing & Grammar: More Confusing Words and Usage

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According to Bryan Garner writing in the latter, at some point in the past some argued that the h. Join her online and learn about Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby      Here's another challenge on confusing words and usage. Take a stab at the correct answers and send them to me. 

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. Writing & Grammarby 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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Probably most readers will understand you (or be able to figure it out, given Google) if you write  tow the line  or  road to hoe. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby    We continue our series of challenges with a mixed challenge on confusing words and confusing usage.