#TECHdate with Ashton Kutcher

Thanks everyone for your help! I have been very fortunate enough to get tickets to the Lenovo Ashton Kutcher event in Sydney tomorrow! Thanks so much Internet Chef! I promise to tweet and instagram the event so make sure you follow me! #kirtTECHdate

To follow the event follow #TECHmyway #INSPIREmyway

I am surprised the response I received from people when I say that I am seeing Ashton Kutcher talk about TECH innovation. Most people go, ‘THE Ashton Kutcher’, like there are others!

I understand that he is well known for his acting and pranks, but he is also a product engineer for Lenovo and a bit of a start up guru. Looking forward to seeing the new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro tomorrow!

To dot point or not to dot point?

I had a client yesterday ask the question, ‘Why am I using dot points and not numbering?’. Today I was asked the same¬†question in an Instructional Design forum.

I prefer using dot points to full paragraphs because:

  • it is cleaner and simpler for the learner
  • it creates white space
  • it only provides the learner with the information that they need.

puzzledWhen should we use dot points? Dot points should be used when you need to list items, ideas, fragements of sentences or concepts in no particular order.

Numbering on the other hand should be used wehn you need to demonstrate a sequence or process; for example when showing a process or procedure, an agenda, or legislation.

It begs a bigger question though. Are dot points an effective tool for engaging learners? When used correctly they are a great way to organise content and increase readability. However, Instructional Designers do tend to misuse and overuse dotpoints.

Here are some creative ways to reduce dot points:

  • rewrite as a question and allow the narration to answer the question
  • shorten bullet points from full sentences to a phrase or even a word
  • use one bullet point per slide
  • use an image, graphic, chart or animation in place of each bullet.

For more examples go to eLearning Heroes.