Using audio in the courses helps learners to retain the information, it provides explanation regarding the screen elements and makes the course interesting and engaging. We use audio narration in eLearning to give learners a better understanding of the concept we are teaching. But if we repeat everything on the screen audio learning becomes redundant and boring.
As in E-learning we use audio in different ways. In this blog I want to share my understanding of different audio approaches.
There are four audio approaches in eLearning, they are,
- Verbatim Narration
- Paraphrasing Narration
- Elaborative Narration
- Descriptive Narration
Let’s see the definition of each approach and which approach is suitable for a particular type of training.
|Approach||Definition||Applicable for Trainings|
|Verbatim Narration||Narrates everything given on screen.||Code of conduct training|
|Paraphrasing Narration||Summarize the on screen text.||Finance training|
|Elaborative Narration||Gives additional information about the on screen text.||Soft skills training|
|Descriptive Narration||Describes an image.||Product and process training|
No one approach is good or bad; we should use the one that is best suited for the concept we teach. To summarize, verbatim narration could be a good approach for teaching something related to policies, to present heavy text paraphrase it, if we want to display bullets, lists, and comparisons prefer elaborative narration, and to present charts, diagrams, instruments, etc., descriptive narration will be the best approach.
So which approach do you prefer? And why do you think it is best for your training?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please do share them.