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EFFECTiVE WRiTiNG FOR CURRiCULUM DEVELOPMENT 3.0 DiGiTAL WORKBOOK

Whether you’re writing technical documentation, training curriculum and materials, or eLearning scripts, this book delivers instruction and practical experience. You will find lessons on the writing process and structure; identifying and thinking like your audience; facilitating the conversation between SMEs and the reader; promoting the WOW factor; keeping “the voice” active, accurate… and short; avoiding common grammar mistakes; identifying and eliminating deadwood; writing narratives that will hook your audience; and writing step-by-step procedures that make the most of the learner’s time and effort.

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Here's what's covered:

Section 1: Planning to Write

At the end of this section you should be able to:
• Outline one or more possible processes for writing training documents and scripts
• Identify two ways to work with a subject matter expert
• Write a formal learning objective
• Identify a Wow factor
• Identify three different writing styles used in training documents
• Start your own in-house style guide

Section 2: Grammar Workshop

At the end of this section you should be able to:

• List three common problem areas in grammar and punctuation
• Use quotation marks appropriately in training documents
• Use verbs correctly with different kinds of compound subjects
• Correctly use or omit commas and hyphens with adjectives

Section 3: Writing Workshop

At the end of this section you should be able to:

• Identify active versus passive sentences
• Name several examples of redundancies and wordy phrases
• Use or suggest plainer words
• Revise wordy sentences to be more concise

Section 4: Writing Step-by-Step Procedures

At the end of this section you should be able to:

• Name at least three ways to make step-by-step procedures clear
• Write clear and logical steps that separate the “what” from the “how-to”
• Add step results where needed in a procedure
• Name two ways to direct a learner to navigate to an on-screen object or tool
• Given a subject matter expert’s instructions, create a clear, well-formatted step-by-step training procedure

Section 5: Writing Narratives

At the end of this lesson you should be able to:

• Describe the purpose of an introductory narrative
• Name the best location for the technical term you are introducing
• List at least five examples of “encouraging words”
• Given information from a subject matter expert, identify the real world problem to be solved and what is in it for the reader, and write a concise and motivating introductory narrative

Section 6: eLearning Scripts and Storyboards

At the end of this lesson you should be able to:

• Describe two ways to format an eLearning script
• Describe a typical plot line for soft skills training
• Create a storyboard for soft skills

AJ was a very motivated and enthusiastic instructor who knows her material. [Optimizing PowerPoint Design for eLearning & Presentations]
Tracy Schuly