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Writing online content sustainability

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Writing online content sustainability

  1. 1. Writing and Presenting Online Content Barry Gregory, eLearning Developer Centre for Academic Development and Quality
  2. 2. Online vs face-to-face teaching… Source: amarola, http://www.flickr.com/photos/amarola/268642793/
  3. 3. What’s the difference? Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66164549@N00/2260970300/sizes/l/
  4. 4. What do I already have? I have some resources… Resource 1 Resource 2 Resource 3 I have some activities… Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
  5. 5. What do I need to write? Resource 1 Resource 2 Resource 3 Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 A narrative to… provide a ‘pathway’ through
  6. 6. What do I need to write? Writing around existing content/activities:
  7. 7. What do I need to write? Writing around existing content/activities: Before: •Introduce and contextualise •Make explicit links to: • The assessment • Module ILOs • Other parts of the curriculum or other activities (online or F2F) • Students’ academic, professional or general experience
  8. 8. What do I need to write? Writing around existing content/activities: Before: •Introduce and contextualise •Make explicit links to: • The assessment • Module ILOs • Other parts of the curriculum or other activities (online or F2F) • Students’ academic, professional or general experience] After: •Summarise •Draw out key themes •Pose further questions •Suggest further reading
  9. 9. What about writing style? Source, mrclean, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrclean/371372515/
  10. 10. Source: http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/files/crashCourseInLearning.pdf
  11. 11. Use plain English Image Source: Fabian Blanca, http://www.flickr.com/photos/faby74/3022829811/
  12. 12. Don’t say… If there are any points on which you require explanation or further particulars we shall be glad to furnish such additional details as may be required by telephone.
  13. 13. Don’t say… If there are any points on which you require explanation or further particulars we shall be glad to furnish such additional details as may be required by telephone. Do say… If you have any questions, please phone.
  14. 14. Some guidelines… Make Text 'Scannable': • Highlight keywords • Provide meaningful headings and subheadings • Include one idea per paragraph Keep your Tone Reader-Friendly: • Be conversational • Be welcoming • Use plain English
  15. 15. Plan your writing… Source: Jenna Carver, http://www.flickr.com/photos/babyowls/2329783873/
  16. 16. Use chunks and pyramids… Source: Thomas Hawk, http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/499430191/
  17. 17. Dumbing down? Nope. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamel/3330127814/
  18. 18. Final thought about writing online content (as opposed to print content): Make the most of the online environment: • Link to things • Embed things • Don’t reinvent the wheel! Watch this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkhpmEZWuRQ

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