Hidden Errors in an E-Learning Course – Part II

Hidden Errors in an E-Learning Course – Part II

Hidden Errors in an E-Learning Course – Part II

I want to begin this blog on a positive note, as I am pretty sure that by now you have mastered some of the grammatical skills that I had mentioned in my previous post. So, let us start with some new errors, which we should avoid while developing our e-Learning course or storyboard. These include:

  • Acronyms
    The usual rule that we follow for acronyms, is to spell out the acronym on its first occurrence, with the acronym in parentheses. From the second instance, you can use the acronym in capital letters. One important point to note is that generally, acronyms should be used with no periods in between. However, when referring to a file name extension, it is better to precede it with a period.

Open a doc file.

Open a .doc file.

  • Hyphens and Dashes
    Often, we consider hyphens and dashes to be the same thing. When we link phrases, then we should use em dash or colon. As em dashes are used to separate a sentence or title; spaces can be inserted around em dashes.

When we link words, we use a hyphen. There are some exceptions to hyphenation – for example, avoid hyphenating compound modifiers beginning with -ly adverb such as friendly etc.

En dashes are used to indicate range. We should not insert spaces around en dashes.

Page Number 5 – 10

Page Number 5-10.

  • Parenthesis
    Do you realize any difference between the two given sentences:
  • London is the capital of Great Britain. (Dublin is the capital of Ireland.)
  • Avoid unnecessary data (such as graphs, tables etc.).

In the first instance, when a parenthesis encloses an independent clause, it is likely to put the period inside. While in the second sentence, when the parenthesis is used to enclose a sentence fragment, the period should be placed outside the parenthesis.

The electrical company uses many devices, for example, wires, power supply, and transformer for power distribution.

The electrical company uses many devices (for example, wires, power supply, and transformer) for power distribution.

– words such as for example, namely and their respective elements can be enclosed with a parenthesis.

  • Confusing words
    You might have come across some of these following words, which sound similar and are therefore, confusing. Are you able to distinguish the difference in meaning between the following words?
  • Farther and Further
  • Ensure and Insure
  • Because and Since
  • Can and May

There are many such words, which sound similar and often distract the user to choose the wrong option. So, it is better to know the exact meaning before actually using it.

I have ensured my apartment.

I have insured my apartment.

– Here “insure” means to provide insurance and “ensure” means to make sure or guarantee.

  • British vs. American English
    Many a times, we use a wrong version of English for the particular target audience. There are some differences in the usages of American and British English. American English is more direct and vivid, compared to British English.

If your target audience is an American client it is better not to use:

  • Colour
  • Analyse
  • Enrolment

In American English, the words above take different spellings.

  • Color
  • Analyze
  • Enrollment

To summarize, I have covered most of the common errors that we come across while storyboarding. You will need to fine tune your language skills and avoid getting grammatical error feedbacks from the client.

Hope this post is sufficient to make you aware of the common mistakes and keep them at bay. What is your opinion?

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