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30 bite-sized writing tips for better eLearning content


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30 bite-sized writing tips for better eLearning content

  1. 30Bite-Sized Writing Tips for BettereLearning Content
  2. Just getting started with eLearning?Are you a subject matter expertsbut not an instructional designer?Just looking for some eLearningtips?
  3. Focus on your audienceMake an important promise early on (with yourheadline and introduction) that tells the learners what’sin it for them.
  4. Plan, organize, write.Before you begin, think: who is the audience, whatis the purpose of the message and how will thelearner use the information.
  5. Plan the structure of the course.List the topics whichneed to be covered.Make a note of thepoints you want tocover on eachscreen. Focus on thelearning objectives –and bear them inmind as you write!
  6. Most learners only skim on-screen text so keep it livelyand relevant to the learners. Add subheadings for each main idea. That means that learners will be able to glance at the subheadings and pick out the main ideas.
  7. Remember that writing for the screen is very differentfrom writing for the page. On the page words, have themain purpose of communicating. On-screen, imagesshould do that job.
  8. Use activevoice wheneverpossible.The active voice ismore direct andengaging. Writing inthe active voicegives energy to yourcontent, which willkeep your learnersreading.
  9. As an Instructional Designer,your writing styleneeds to adapt to what you arecreating and what the end product is supposed to be.
  10. Take out all the industryspeak.Learn how to adjust your “speak” so what you say isaccessible to everyone and it is put in a contextthat can be understood quickly.
  11. be veryspecific.Students are learning at their own pace and do not have an instructorin front of them. Sometimes you have to further explain something thatsomeone would normally experience if they had instructor-leadtraining.
  12. Use bullet points.• This is one time when bullet points are your friend!• Other types of extremely clear formatting work as well, but the idea is to break up the text into manageable amounts.
  13. Consistency . Make sure things like e-mail or email are the same throughout the course. By creating standards, learners will develop a feeling of familiarity when viewing the courses.
  14. Organize the content. Outline your course with meaningful titles, breaking the course into sections as needed. The outline quickly gives learners a feel for the course and provides logical breaking points in the training.
  15. Edit, improve, edit. Recheck yourwriting to improve and edit until it isperfect.
  16. Variety is very important.You can go beyond bullet point slides and vary therhythm of your text. Ask questions, mix up the structure –use scenarios, give examples, tell a story.
  17. As always, it is best to put yourself in the shoes of the learner. Read the text aloud to yourself and decide if it is working well with the elements on the screen.(If you are not able to get it through smoothly, your learners may havedifficulties following it too)
  18. Say more, with less. Trim the fat! Or evenbetter, if a picture is worth a thousandwords, use it.Try to cut outwords or evenwhole sentencesthat are notnecessary. You’dbe surprised athow much moreconcise you canbe!
  19. Provide an “easy-read”for the learnersOne that is understandable onthe first read-through to avoid osing them.Get to the point quickly andmust remove extraneousmaterial.
  20. Know your learners sowell you can get insidetheir heads.Try to understand as much as you canabout them. Then try to make youreLearning course a conversation withthis “persona”.
  21. Use jargon only whennecessary.Most real people don’t speak injargon, they speak in plain English. Ifyou’re stuffing your course withmanual-speak, it’s not going to readnaturally.
  22. Consider adding personality. Sometimes it is appropriate to add humor and personality to your text. This can make an eLearning course a friendlier experience.
  23. Make sure the language and detail isauthentic. If you’re in new territory, talkto subject matter experts and do theresearch to make sure you’recomfortable with the dialogue andpatterns of speech.
  24. Be mindful of grammar and spelling. When you deliver a course, you want it to be of the highest quality. Obviously this means that we want both grammar and spelling to be as perfect as it possibly can. Your credibility takes a hit when you publish typos on your courses.
  25. Use words learnerscan picture.Use energetic and descriptive words asmuch as possible.
  26. Descriptive headlines and titles: theseshould tell the learner what the courseor module is about. Learners shouldknow what to expect.
  27. Personalize text. Support a conversational writing style that relies on first- and second-person language“you,” “your,” “I,” “our,” and “we”
  28. Promise it will be quick: Your text needs to communicate in a second that the entire experience of taking the lesson will be something they can do quickly and painlessly.The way you name yourlessons can help you out.Short sentences andparagraphs work great also.
  29. Write to express not impress. Don’t try to impress with your choice of words. It just doesn’t work. It can annoy your learners if you do this.
  30. Use text, but do it responsibly. Keep it to no more than six lines per screen and intermix it with other elements. Also, dont overdo your text animations.
  31. Break it up. If you want youreLearning contentto be user friendly,you have to make itdigestible. Thatmeans breaking itinto small chunks,usually with onemain idea in aparagraph.Bottomline: formatimprovesreadability.
  32. Think about handwriting fonts. They can add a human touch. They can draw the learner in and make it seem like the information is a bit more personal.
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