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Writing Course Materials for Online Delivery Sarah Horrigan, eLearning Developer Barry Gregory, eLearning Developer Educational Development Unit Teaching’s still teaching… right? Source: amarola, What’s the difference?

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Writing Course Materials for Online Delivery

Sarah Horrigan, eLearning Developer

Barry Gregory, eLearning Developer

Educational Development Unit

teaching s still teaching right

Teaching’s still teaching… right?

Source: amarola,

what s the difference

What’s the difference?


activity what s already out there

Activity: What's already out there?

  • Look at one of the following sites:
    • Do they work as web sites?
    • What works?
    • What doesn't work?  Why?
  • Make individual notes, then discuss your findings in small groups. 
  • Feedback to rest of group
some guidelines

Some guidelines…

  • Make Text 'Scannable':
  • ·Highlight keywords
  • ·Provide meaningful headings and subheadings
  • ·Include one idea per paragraph
  • Keep your Tone Reader-Friendly:
    • Be conversational
    • Be welcoming
    • Use plain English
plan your writing

Plan your writing…

Source: Jenna Carver,

remember your chunks and pyramids

Remember your chunks and pyramids…

Source: Thomas Hawk,


Source, Will Lion,

what about your writing style

What about your writing style?

Source, mrclean,



decode this

Decode this...

‘The promise of reform which the Green Paper heralds holds much for the public and Service alike; local policing, customized to local need with authentic answerability, strengthened accountabilities at force level through reforms to Police Authorities and HMIC, performance management at the service of localities with targets and plans tailored to local needs, the end of centrally engineered one size fits all initiatives, an intelligent approach to cutting red tape through redesign of processes and cultures, a renewed emphasis on strategic development so as to better equip our Service to meet the amorphous challenges of managing cross force harms, risks and opportunities.’

Source:Plain English Campaign

before and after

Before and after...


High-quality learning environments are a necessary precondition for facilitation and enhancement of the ongoing learning process.


Children need good schools if they are to learn properly.

before and after14

Before and after...


If there are any points on which you require explanation or further particulars we shall be glad to furnish such additional details as may be required by telephone.


If you have any questions, please phone.

before and after15

Before and after...


It is important that you shall read the notes, advice and information detailed opposite then complete the form overleaf (all sections) prior to its immediate return to the Council by way of the envelope provided.


Please read the notes opposite before you fill in the form. Then send it back to us as soon as possible in the envelope provided.

before and after16

Before and after...


Your enquiry about the use of the entrance area at the library for the purpose of displaying posters and leaflets about Welfare and Supplementary Benefit rights, gives rise to the question of the provenance and authoritativeness of the material to be displayed. Posters and leaflets issued by the Central Office of Information, the Department of Health and Social Security and other authoritative bodies are usually displayed in libraries, but items of a disputatious or polemic kind, whilst not necessarily excluded, are considered individually.


Thank you for your letter asking for permission to put up posters in the library. Before we can give you an answer we will need to see a copy of the posters to make sure they won't offend anyone.

activity web friendly writing

Activity: web-friendly writing

Collaborative writing exercise

Re-write the passage of text you have been e-mailed into a conversational writing style, in small groups

One member of the group logs into and creates a new pad. 

Copy and paste in the text for editing.  Invite colleagues to edit that text as well.

activity when you ve written it what do you do with it

Activity: when you’ve written it… what do you do with it?

Source: Broma,

activity using wimba create

Activity: using Wimba Create

  • Getting started with Wimba Create
  • Open Microsoft Word
  • Start Wimba Create
  • Paste in some text and some headings
  • Apply cgSection style (Orange) to all the headings
  • ‘Generate’ the content from your Word Doc