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Why I love KISSing in my courses…

I’ve just finished a day of Articulate eLearning creation for a client, from existing material.

After a  long day, I just really need to remind anyone reading of this:

In multinational training, the course language may not be the consumer’s native language. As this is the case, it’s critical to keep the words you use as simple as possible.

“swathes”  – try “amounts”

“accomplishing” – try “reaching”, “making this happen”, or “getting to”

“expended” – try “spent on”

“attain” – try “get”

“examples of such” – try  “examples of these”, or just “examples”

As instructional designers we have a duty to point this out to our clients, and create courses accordingly. Sometimes, passionate course designers get so carried away that we say too much, using terms that are far too “flowery” – and the message gets lost. In journalism, it’s called “burying the lead”.

Let’s treat our learners with respect – and respect that they have enough to do in terms of learning new conntent, they do not want to have to use “Pause” all the time while they check the dictionary.

KISS – Keep it simple, stupid (or keep it short and simple….).

  1. October 17, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Totally agreed Bruce. I’m surprised that “leverage” wasn’t in your list.

    Olivia were just discussing how, perhaps we’ve heard the words “short” and “simple” so often that they’ve lost their meaning.

    Perhaps we should use words like “succinct” and “unambiguous” to describe the language we’re after.

    Unfortunately these words are neither short nor simple in themselves.

    Oh the dilemma!



    • October 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

      Thanks for posting. Unfortunately, these were only the ones I came across in the course I had just built 😦
      I’m sure the “Dictionary of Obscurity” would have many commonly-used words and phrases repeating over and over again.
      Take care


  1. October 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm

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