Writing is a crucial part of any eLearning course. In fact, it is probably the most important part of the entire eLearning production process. Writing is the foundation upon which all of the other parts of eLearning are built. It is the glue that holds the course together. Without writing, the course would be nothing more than a series of slides or videos.
In this book, you will learn how to write eLearning content in a way that is clear, concise, and effective. You will learn about the different types of writing you will need to do as you create your course, as well as how to plan, research, write the first draft, revise, and edit your course. Finally, you’ll learn about how to proofread your eLearning to make sure it is error-free and ready to be delivered to your learners. This book will show you how to do all of this in an organized, systematic way.
## Why Writing Is Important for Your eLearning Courses and eLearning Production Process
– The importance of writing in the eLearning process
Why is writing so important? The simple answer is that without writing, there would be no eLearning at all. If there were no writing, eLearning would be just a bunch of slides and videos. There would be little or no communication between the author of the course and the learner. The author would have no way of conveying information to the learners, and the learners would be unable to get the information they need from the course. This is why writing is so important in the process of creating and delivering eLearning courses. In this chapter, we will look at the different ways in which writing plays a role in the production process of a course. We will also look at how writing is different from other types of communication, and how it can be used to convey information to learners in a more effective way. This chapter will also give you an overview of the different kinds of writing that are involved in the course creation process, and it will help you understand how each of these types of written communication is used in the creation and delivery of an eLearning module. In addition, this chapter will give you tips on how to organize your writing process so that you can make the most of the time you have available to create the course you want to deliver to your target audience. This will allow you to focus your time and energy on the writing that is most important to you and your learners, rather than spending all of your time on writing that you don’t really care about or that is not as important as the writing you do want to do. In the end, this will save you a lot of time and help you create a course that is more likely to be effective for your learners and for you as the course author. Let’s take a closer look at what writing is and why it is important to the creation of an effective eLearning learning experience.
## THE IMPORTANCE OF WRITING IN THE E-LEARNING PROCESS
1. What is the purpose of writing?
2. Why is writing important in an e-learning course? Why is it so important that the author communicate with the learners? What are some of the ways that writing can be effective in the delivery of information to a learner? How does writing differ from other forms of communication such as audio, video, graphics, etc. ?
3. What are the different stages of the writing process? How do you know when it is time to move from one stage to the next? How can you tell when you are finished with one stage and are ready to move on to another stage? What do you do when you reach the end of a stage? How long does it take you to complete each stage of the process? What can you do to speed up the process and make it easier for you to get through each stage?
NOTE: You can find the answers to these questions and more in the “References” section of this book at the back of the book and on the book’s companion website.
Now that you have a better understanding of the role that writing plays in the overall process of developing and delivering a course, it’s time to look at each of the steps involved in this process and see how you can use writing to make each step easier and more effective for you. The first step in the development of any course is planning. This step is the most time-consuming, but it is also the most critical to the success of the final product. If you spend too much time on planning and not enough on writing, you are likely to end up with a poorly planned course that will not be as effective as it could be. You need to take the time to plan your course so that it is well thought out, organized, and easy to follow.