Engage Your Audience - Obliterate Passive Writing, a self-paced, animated course, introduces the concept of active versus passive voice and explores how this dynamic impacts the quality of writing. Passive voice often produces meandering, unengaging writing as it relies on nondescript "to be" verbs such as "is," "was," and "were" rather than lively action verbs that paint clear pictures for the reader.
Unfortunately, passive writing permeates most student writing samples and virtually ALL examples of business communication. Learn how to avoid it like the plague! Don't write like a politician; embrace the active voice and imbue your writing with life. Your newly-engaged readers will thank you.
Unlike other courses that attempt to cover a variety of topics at once, Engage Your Audience - Obliterate Passive Writing focuses on a single subarea that can dramatically impact your writing. Students can complete this course in a single sitting and then apply their new knowledge instantly. Remember, new skills go to waste if not used!
This course will ask learners to:
Describe the difference between active and passive voice.
Identify passive writing within samples of text.
Rewrite passive sentences using the active voice.
Engage Your Audience - Obliterate Passive Writing also includes a bonus section about homophones (its / it's, affect /effect, etc.) to offer additional support for a topic that causes writers much consternation. Learners may complete this standalone section prior to, between, or after the core curriculum.
This section introduces the concept of voice and explores how it interacts with the building blocks of a sentence: the subject and the verb.
This quiz presents learners with a series of sentences and asks them to determine if they use passive or active voice.
This section outlines how active voice improves clarity and reader engagement while passive voice obfuscates and creates distance.
This quiz asks learners to explain advantages to using the active voice.
This section describes how to restructure passive writing in the active voice.
This quiz asks learners to pick a sentence from a series of options that best demonstrates the active voice.
This section reiterates key points from the class and provides the instructor's contact information should learners require additional support.
Chris Straley, the founder & owner of Instructional Design Genius has worked in education for fifteen years as a teacher, instructional designer, and learning manager for multiple Fortune 500s
He holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois and MS in Education from the University of Dayton.
Chris has worked in multiple industries including Secondary Education, Retail Operations, and Healthcare.
He founded Instructional Design Genius as a way to serve the learning development community and provide a tool that caters directly to its needs.
He hopes to learn from its users as much as they learn from his platform.