Geek Chats #2 - MELBOURNE: Learner Experience Writing

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Do you write learning or performance focused content for any of the following: online courses, videos, animations, apps, portals, branching scenarios, games, job aids, virtual assistants or chatbots?

Good writing is invisible, bad writing is baaaad. Let’s discuss approaches and techniques used by UX, web, game, film and fiction writers, and how we might borrow from these to improve the learner experience.

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Format: Catch up for a drink and topic focused chat.

> BYO insights, ideas, research and questions. This is a peer learning event. It's more fun if you come with something to share.

> For this event we'll have a facilitator for each type of writing and rotate the role every 30 minutes. Be prepared to put your hand up for the job! You'll get to wear a badge :)

Where: Denmark House, 428 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Denmark House has a lovely quiet bar area with tree top and laneway views and delicious Danish style bar snacks. https://denmarkhouse.com.au/

When: Wed May 29, 6 - 7.30pm

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Discussion questions:

1. What are the key principles and top tips for each type of writing?
2. How can we steal from them and apply to digital learning?

Links (not a definitive list at all, just some articles from my Pocket library)

UX writing
https://uxplanet.org/16-rules-of-effective-ux-writing-2a20cf85fdbf

https://material.io/design/communication/writing.html#

https://www.invisionapp.com/inside-design/good-ux-copy/

https://uxdesign.cc/fighting-techniques-of-ux-writing-ca94632f754c

https://designshack.net/articles/ux-design/ux-writing-tips/

Games
http://theconversation.com/explainer-the-art-of-video-game-writing-60376

https://www.polygon.com/features/2019/1/10/18165611/how-to-write-a-video-game-story-narrative-building-tips

Screenwriting
https://www.scriptmag.com/features/script-notes-major-character-types-protagonist

https://www.fastcompany.com/1682092/oscar-winner-william-monahan-on-how-to-write-unforgettable-dialogue

Fiction
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2000/oct/01/stephenking.sciencefictionfantasyandhorror

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/eight-rules-for-writing-fiction

Web
https://guides.service.gov.au/content-guide/

https://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/methods/writing-for-the-web.html

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/legibility-readability-comprehension/

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/plain-language-experts/

https://www.w3.org/WAI/tips/writing/

Voice assistants and chatbots
https://uxdesign.cc/making-chatbots-talk-writing-conversational-ui-scripts-step-by-step-62622abfb5cf

https://developers.google.com/actions/design/

https://chatbotsmagazine.com/how-to-write-winning-dialogue-for-conversational-ui-26744031dd65

https://uxdesign.cc/the-conversational-designers-guide-to-ai-assistants-by-ruben-babu-6aa45de578f0

And more on writing...
https://www.futurity.org/writing-neuroscience-1009492-2/

https://lithub.com/novel-screenplay-comic-how-to-choose-the-right-medium-for-your-story/

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/11/05/david-foster-wallace-dictionary-writing/

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/12/how-to-shape-a-story-according-to-famous-writers/

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/writing-style-for-print-vs-web/