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4 Key Steps for Writing Training Materials

Posted by Langevin Team on 7/8/19 8:00 AM

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Have you ever read a novel that was so riveting you simply couldn’t put it down? I would hope that most of us have had that experience. Alternatively, most of us have also read work-related material that did not have the same effect. In fact, sometimes we need to read a paragraph several times before uncovering its true meaning. Instructional designers and trainers are consistently challenged to translate complex content into simple, clear, concise language for the learner.

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10 Tips for Writing Training Materials

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 2/19/18 8:00 AM

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The world of writing typically has three areas: literary, academic, and technical. Our first exposure to writing is usually literary. As a child in school, the teacher asked us to write a story or poem about what we did over the summer. We were asked to be descriptive, use imaginative language, and make our story come to life. In high school and into college or university, we were required to produce academic works such as essays, articles, critical papers, and biographies. When writing academic papers, we were often told to meet a word requirement. As a result, we became conditioned to take 5000 words to say something that might only take 500 words.

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7 Practical Tips for Technical Writing

Posted by Langevin Team on 1/29/18 8:00 AM

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I recently facilitated our Writing Skills for Trainers workshop. It’s an excellent one-day workshop for instructional designers, training analysts, instructors, and training managers who need to write performance-based training materials that focus on the "how-to's." The workshop is full of tips and techniques to make your materials interesting, and lively, using a clear, concise writing style.

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6 Common Grammatical Errors to Avoid in Your Training Materials

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/24/17 8:00 AM

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As instructional designers, we write course materials that can make or break the success of a carefully designed and delivered workshop. First impressions count, especially in the written form, and participants often make judgments about the quality of the workshop based solely on the way the materials are written. 

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