Creating Killer Handouts for Your Training Classes

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Creating Killer Handouts for Your Training Classes. Richard Binning Highlights: Remember The Three Cs - Content, Character, And Consistency Saying More With Less - White Space Is Not A Bad Thing A Picture Tells A Thousand Stories - Working With Graphics - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Creating Killer Handouts for Your Training Classes Richard Binning Highlights: Remember The Three Cs - Content, Character, And Consistency Saying More With Less - White Space Is Not A Bad Thing A Picture Tells A Thousand Stories - Working With Graphics Building Bridges - Connecting The Content With Conduct ED24-1Richard BinningThe Haskell CompanyTrainer, Applications Architect, Systems AnalystAUGI Board of Directors; Officer, SecretaryManager; Local User Groups, Exchange Team, Web Team, ForumsTrainer:Adjunct Instructor Florida Community College JacksonvilleInstructor - AUGI Training Program, In-house StdsSpeaker; Autodesk University, AUGI CAD CAMPHandouts What they are and arentThe True Purpose of a HandoutConstructing HandoutsUsing Visual Design RulesLegibility & ReadabilityThe Unfortunate AcronymThe Three CsStylizing Your DocumentsA Picture tells a thousand storiesHandouts Have PurposeKiller HandoutsMotivateFocusDirectExpand, Support, RememberKiller Handouts Arent:PowerPoint SlidesAn AccessoryMerely An OutlineA Replacement for Missing the CoursePurpose Cont.Killer Handouts Should:LeadLiberateGuideRepresentKiller Handouts Will:Enhance CareerAct as a ReminderReinforce LearningGive You CredibilityVisual DesignKiller Handouts Use Visual Design RulesDesign SchoolOJTExperienceVisual Design Rules:LegibilityReadabilityLegibilityKiller Handouts Have LegibilityRecognitionDefinition: BrainyDictionaryCapable of being read or deciphered; distinct to the eye; plain; -- used of writing or printing; as, a fair, legible manuscript. Capable of being discovered or understood by apparent marks or indications; as, the thoughts of men are often legible in their countenances.Legibility - Typeface3 Basic TypesSerifSans SerifDecorativeTimesTahomaMistralRemember:Legibility can be a Deal Killer!Cognitive ImpairedVision ImpairedIts better to have a Killer Handout than for your handout to be a Deal killer!ReadabilityKiller Handouts Have ReadabilityComprehensionDefinition: Wikipediais a measure of the comprehensibility or understandability of written text. The ease with which something can be understood. ReadabilityReadability is directly related to Visual DesignInvolves:Layout of the PageGraphicsTablesTextOur Unfortunate AcronymAcronymContrastDistinguish Between ElementsDraw AttentionQuick TestRepetitionUnity through PlanningProvide Subtle TrainingIdentify InformationAcronymAlignmentProvide FlowRhythm & ContextJustificationProximityAssists ReinforcementVisual ReminderLend ImportanceThree CsKiller Handouts get you noticed and lead your students to Learning by adherence to:ContentCharacterConsistencyCCCContentContentOutlineBasicsPublic DomainClear ObjectivesStep by StepCCCCharacterCharacterPleasingAppropriate Use Of GraphicsClean CopiesQuality RepresentationMaster CopiesCCCConsistencyConsistencyTemplateHeaderStylesFooterFontsMaintain ConventionGraphicsContrastCCCWhite SpaceKiller Handouts arent afraid of White Space the space between visual elements is an integral part of the message. White space tells you where one section ends and another begins. Dont Trap ItAvoid RiversProvides Breathing RoomGuides the Viewer - White SpaceKiller Handouts arent afraid of White Space the space between visual elements is an integral part of the message. White space tells you where one section ends and another begins. Dont Trap ItAvoid RiversProvides Breathing RoomGuides the Viewer - GraphicsKiller Handouts Have Lots of GraphicsChoose Graphics thatIncrease LearningFocus AttentionReinforce PointsImprove PerformanceActivating Prior KnowledgeProvide Familiarity with TaskGraphicsKiller Handouts Have Lightweight GraphicsChoose Graphics Formats thatMinimize File SizeAre Targeted for LearningCropped or trimmedFile Types (GIF, JPG, PNG)Screen CapturesScreen Capture?GraphicsFile Types (GIF, JPG, PNG)347x186 pixels eachWhich is Lightest?Which is Best QualityGraphicsBMP190kbBest QualityGraphicsJPG14kbQuality?GraphicsGIF13kbGood QualityGraphicsPNG7kbGood QualityGraphicsScreen Capture How To:Manual Method See Page 9 of your handoutAlt + PrtScrn-copy windowPrtScrn-copy desktopCtrl + V to PasteGraphicsScreen Capture How to:Professional Method:Secure Dedicated Screen Capture SoftwareHyperSnap DX - http://tinyurl.com/6qdbuSnagIt - http://tinyurl.com/3gb8 Others - http://tinyurl.com/5ry5g Working with GraphicsScreen Capture Software Get some!Remember Optimal File Types PNG, GIFUse Cropping Tools and Image Editing SoftwareDont resize to increase, recapture it!When replacing text captured from Screen ChooseFont: Tahoma (Font used by Windows)Size: 11 ptTurn of Text SmoothingMatch Graphics Scale oneScale em allPDF Printing? No image compression in distillerResolution no higher than 150 ppiConnected ContentFocus your Handouts by connecting Content with ConductIdentify Discrete GoalsGenerate Multiple 1-3 page HandoutsProvide True Step by Step ProceduresSolicit input/review from NewbiesPost them on Company Intranet or other known location.Advertise their existence.Killer Handouts: What they are and arentThe True Purpose of a HandoutConstructing HandoutsUsing Visual Design RulesLegibility & ReadabilityThe Unfortunate AcronymThe Three CsAppropriate White spaceGraphics Tips-n-TricksConnecting Content to ConductDouble Check on Delivery!EvaluationsHandout & Ppt More Availablehttp://www.integr-8.com/AU2004/Index.htmhttp://www.integr-8.com/AU2004/Index.htm