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4 Writing Principles Every eLearning Designer Should Know

By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer

In my time as a university teaching assistant (TA), I saw a lot of bad writing. Clauses hanging all over the place, dangling participles, comma splices…a veritable side-show horror of prose.

Let’s go through my writing steps guaranteed to make you sound better. We’ll start with the following passage. While it’s a little ridiculous, this example is not that far off from what I see from day to day:

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Don’t be That Guy: What Instructional Designers Can Learn from Internet Fails

By Kody Jackson, Instructional Writer

Have you been having a rough day? Are your stakeholders sending in last-minute changes? Your SMEs running wild, their content running over into thousands of Microsoft® Word documents? Is your supervisor breathing down your neck, asking how soon you can turn countless, static Microsoft® PowerPoint® files into dynamic, engaging e-learning?

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Four Instructional Design Lessons Inspired by the Lord of the Rings

By Kody Jackson, MA, Instructional Writer Intern

Instructional design is a lot like The Lord of the Rings. This isn’t the most obvious of comparisons, I’ll admit. Everyone in Middle Earth, after all, rides around on horses. We certainly don’t get to do that here at Allen Interactions...at least not until the Culture Committee puts in that petting zoo I’ve been begging for. We also don’t have swords. The pen may be mightier, but it definitely lacks the same “cool” factor.

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