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.

Instructional Writing, Identifying Strengths: ID Links 4/13/21

Experiencing eLearning

I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on instructional writing, identifying strengths, project management tools, design principles, and more. Instructional writing. Scenario Writing: Top 5 Pitfalls | Scissortail Creative Services, LLC.

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4 Tips to Writing eLearning Scripts That Sing

Association eLearning

Wouldn’t you like to write a script with that kind of impact? According to Bean, the first tip to writing a great eLearning script is to write like a human. When we’re sitting down to write a script, how many of us have caught ourselves actually writing words like: “Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to identify when sexual harassment occurs in the office setting.”

How To Maintain Momentum in Blogging

Experiencing eLearning

Someone asked me in last week’s eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp Q&A about how I maintain my blogging momentum. I’ve been blogging since late 2006, and I’m still publishing every week. That’s a lot of writing. Block time to write. Blogging

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. 12 Ways to Get the Most.

Writing & Grammar: Writing Badly

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

The first step in writing badly is to get rid of the people as subjects and transform active verbs into abstract nouns. That is an excellent sign of bad writing. For truly bad writing, I think the verb form starting is a little too clear. Using the techniques described in this article, transform these sentences into "bad writing." Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby.

How To Write A Great Guest Blog Summary

Dan Keckan

Here are some insider tips on how to promote it on social media and write a compelling guest blog summary! eLearning Articles Guest BloggingAre you publishing a guest post? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How to Write Good Assessment Questions

Association eLearning

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. “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? It wasn’t in the lesson.”.

Our Blog Turns One Today

Upside Learning

It’s been a year since we started blogging (March 03, 2009) and we are raring to go another notch high. In the process of writing & sharing our thoughts, we now have a whole bunch of people (bloggers) at Upside who follow a large number of related blogs daily. And there are many others at Upside who are trying to follow blogs to stay connected. We are also bringing some structure to our learning by having discussions on our and others’ blog posts.

What Copywriting Can Teach Us About Writing for an Audience

Association eLearning

How might that help you in writing your content? Write at an 8th Grade Level or Less. There are some publications that write below that, even as low as a 5th grade level. A good way to do this is to make up someone you write your content to. Be specific, and only write to that one person. Copywriting is the practice of using written content, both online and in print to market, advertise, raise brand awareness and communicate core brand values.

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Writing & Grammar: Word Crimes

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby.   This week I bring you more spelling and word usage aids. Aimee Bosse brings us three that are more about word usage than just spelling. These pairs of words are easily confused, so a memory aid is the best way to keep them straight, short of looking them up every time you use them. Torturous (pertaining to torture) versus tortuous (indirect, not straightforward)--think of the extra R in torturous for R eally painful.

Writing & Grammar: Business Jargon

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

  Check out Jennie's  eLearning writing classes  and ensure both your voiceover scripts and eLearning scripts are ready for prime time! Writing Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby  How much current business jargon do you know and use on a daily basis? And why? Long ago I survived what I called the "impact" wars of the late 80s and early 90s.

Writing & Grammar: Parallelism

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    Use parallel grammatical structures for parallel concepts. That is the grammatical rule called parallelism.   If you are going to use two verbs with one subject, for example, the two verbs have to be parallel in structure. Not parallel : Ben had both  to attend  the ceremony and  was going  to the rehearsal.

Writing & Grammar: Fake Words

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Certainly it does not belong in business writing. Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. Starting off our pet peeves this week are two about fake words. Julie Vails gives us.   Anyways.   That is not a word! Anyways is a dialect entry in Webster's.   Lisa Blaski calls out.   Made-up words--for example making the word "solicit" into "solicitating." " That is a great example of a "back formation."

What Blog Topics Should I Write About? (Ideas & Steps)

Thinkific

There’s no worse feeling than sitting down to write a blog post and then staring at a blank screen, wondering… The post What Blog Topics Should I Write About?

Writing & Grammar: Stylistic Conventions

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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? Technical Communications Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby  Many words in the computer training industry have different stylistic conventions depending on your office preference or on the style guide you use.

Other writings

Clark Quinn

It occurs to me to mention some of the other places you can find my writings besides here (and how they differ ;). My blog posts are pretty regular (my aim is 2/week), but tend to have ideas that are embryonic or a bit ‘evangelical’ First, I’ve written four books; you can check them out and get sample chapters at their respective sites: Engaging Learning: Designing e-Learning Simulation Games. So, my writing has shown up in: eLearnMag.

Writing & Grammar: Parentheses

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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     Looking for help with your writing technique? Jennie teaches two writing classes:  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts.

Writing & Grammar: Prepositional Phrases

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. The prepositional phrase is one of the building blocks of our language. It adds a noun to your sentence while simultaneously indicating how it relates to the other information. Being able to identify prepositional phrases will go a long way toward helping you understand the structure of any sentence. And understanding the structure helps you make sure your have designed your sentence in the best way to convey your point.

Writing & Grammar: More Commas

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

TechComm Technical Communications Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby  Answers to  last week's challenge on commas  are brought to you by  Joanne Chantelau Hofmeister. Other respondents with all answers correct were  Roslyn G. Hager, Anne Goldenberger, Douglas Daniel Blackley , and  Vera Sytch. And, yes, number 4 was correct as written, meaning that technically the instructions should have mentioned that.

Writing & Grammar: Qualifying Possessives

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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: Affect vs. Effect

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Technical Communications Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. The affect versus effect confusion still reigns supreme as the most consistently asked question in my grammar classes. Here is my latest take on this confusing pair. This time, I'll ignore the rarer definitions of these two words: effect as a verb and affect as the noun for emotional state.

Writing & Grammar: Semicolon or Comma?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

eLearning Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    No one understands semicolons, said one of my recent students. Because the rules for semicolons are among the most clear and limited rules for punctuation marks, I am surprised by that perception.   The semicolon is most frequently used to separate two sentences that have been joined into one compound sentence without the benefit of a conjunction. What is a conjunction?

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

Association eLearning

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. 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. But what I have found is that the narrated portion of courses is often written like something you would find in a textbook.

Writing & Grammar: Then Versus Than

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Using than and then correctly is yet another of those little details what will make your writing clear and professional. As always, feel free to write your answers as comments below. Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. People often confuse the proper use of then and than. Pronunciation is likely the culprit. In the mid-Atlantic region people tend to pronounce both of these as "then."

Where I Get Blog Post Ideas

Experiencing eLearning

When I talk to people about starting a blog, they often state they don’t have anything to write about. They ask how I come up with ideas, especially when I’ve been blogging so long. As I approach my ninth anniversary of starting this blog, I feel like I have more to write about than I did after one year. I get stuck on writing sometimes, just like everyone else, but I’ve figured out ways to work through those blocks.

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Writing & Grammar: Confusing Words

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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: British versus American Punctuation

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

British and international readers--feel free to give them the appropriate treatment for your writing.). TechComm Technical Communications Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    Single quotes are used in American English (according to publication style guides) to indicate one thing, and one thing, only: A quotation within a quotation. The lecturer told us, "John F. Kennedy once said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.'"

What I learned About Modern Learning Writing 50 Blogs in 50 Days

InSync Training

50 Modern Blended Learning BlogsIn early December, I had an idea. To me, it seemed to be a reasonable idea. InSync training was launching a new community of practice in March – the Blended Learning Hub -- and I wanted to emphasize how InSync Training is a credible expert in all things having to do with blended learning. So why not create 50 pieces of modern learning content and push them out to the learning universe? How hard could it be?

Writing & Grammar: Idiomatic Expressions

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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?

Writing & Grammar: Memory Aids

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. A colleague wrote to me because she was trying to remember that little rhyme used by teachers to help us remember how to spell words with the letters e and i : I before e , except after c. Or sounding like a , as in neighbor or weigh. Probably 40 years or more after learning this rhyme in elementary school, she still had it right. Of course, later in life we find out that things are a little more complicated than what we learned back then.

Writing & Grammar: Quoting at Length

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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? Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. 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!). But a more confusing situation occurs when you are quoting someone at length.

Writing & Grammar: Detangle Plurals

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Jennie Ruby    When writing training documents it is easy to get tangled between plural and singular. Writing & Grammar Consider these examples: Users will see three choices on their screen(s). Clients must update their account(s) before the end of the month. Patients may leave their bed(s) during visiting hours. Employees must wash their hand(s) before leaving. Do we talk about the end users, or clients, or patients, or employees in the singular or in the plural?

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. The tag line of my blog is provoking deeper thinking. Comments are the lifeblood of blogging. blogging blog blogger comments e-learning purpose why writing My answer has remained consistent over time.

Writing & Grammar: Periods with Abbreviations

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

  Instead, you can punctuate or not punctuate, create your own style guide if necessary, and get on with your writing. Or is your writing for a more general audience? I prefer to use the guidelines published by Ms Good Gardener in her blog, but you may want to consult others if your garden is outside of the US. TechComm Technical Communications training Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    Should I use periods in the abbreviation U.S.? What about USA?

Writing & Grammar: New Year, New Peeves

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Here are two pet peeves from  Laura Gillenwater , both of which I end up covering in every writing class: Two of my current pet peeves are the misuse/overuse of the word "utilize," instead of "use" and the word "impact," instead of "affect" or "effect" (depending on whether "impact" is being used as a verb or noun). Not that many of us in the writing and editing business don't still protest that decision.

Writing & Grammar: Synch or Swim?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Technical Communications UA User Assistance User Experience Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    How do you spell the shortened form of the word synchronize? Is it  synch  or  sync ? I have seen it both ways recently, so I checked out the Webster's dictionary. I found that sync is the more frequently used variant, but that both spellings are listed. So which one is better?

Writing & Grammar: Answers to Interruptions

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

The blog--even after the extensive upgrade we purchased last quarter-- was still slow to load on mobile devices.  Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    Answers to  my interruptions challenge  are brought to you by me.

Writing & Grammar: Commas With Who

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    The words  who ,  that , and  which  introduce interrupting clauses into a sentence. Those interruptions may be essential (no commas) or nonessential (commas before and after). Here are examples of each. Essential:  People who wear glasses should not throw punches. Nonessential:  Our waiter, who was the son of the restaurant owner, spilled a glass of punch right on my head.

Writing & Grammar: Confusing Words for 700

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby  I've talked about  assure ,  ensure , and  insure  in the past, but I think these supremely confusable words deserve a reprise. Assure --to tell someone not to worry, is the way I think of it, as in the word  reassure. This is also the word that the term  quality assurance  is based on.