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Handout for Timing is everything: Tutorial Pacing

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING
TUTORIAL PACING
Viqui Dill, Technical Communications Leader, American Woodmark Corporation
Tutorials need to be paced carefully. Too fast and folks don't learn. Too slow and they lose interest. This presentation discusses how to find a balance so that your tutorials are both engaging and effective, so that the pace is just right. Highlights include designing for the audience: creating engaged students by giving them what they need—to See/hear/touch, time to reflect, and to know what’s next; creating well-paced material that is “sticky”.

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Handout for Timing is everything: Tutorial Pacing

  1. 1. TIMING IS EVERYTHING TUTORIAL PACING Viqui Dill, Technical Communications Leader, American Woodmark Corporation Tutorials need to be paced carefully. Too fast and folks don't learn. Too slow and they lose interest. This presentation discusses how to find a balance so that your tutorials are both engaging and effective, so that the pace is just right. Highlights include designing for the audience: creating engaged students by giving them what they need—to See/hear/touch, time to reflect, and to know what’s next; creating well-paced material that is “sticky”. Audio elements as objects Silence separates phrases, sentences, ideas Audio example PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Example: Combined pacing of audio and video
  2. 2. Example: Combined pacing of audio and video SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS:  Design for audience  Engaged students need o See/hear/touch o Time to reflect o To know what’s next  Well-paced material is “sticky” AUTHOR CONTACT INFORMATION Viqui Dill Technical Communications Leader,American Woodmark Corporation 131 Dawson Drive, Winchester,VA 22602 540.303.0323 vdill@woodmark.com twitter @viqui_dill.

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