Proper use of audio goes a long way in making your eLearning course effective. It complements the on-screen text in delivering a rich learning experience. So, how can you use audio efficiently in your online course to create learner delight? Here are 5 tips that help you make the best use of audio to create a highly engaging eLearning course.
Tip 1: Don’t narrate all on-screen-text
When you dole out the same words on the screen and then recite them, the learners get disenchanted as it creates humdrum. I recently read a book by Ruth Clark – “Evidence-Based Training Methods” , in which she says that there is evidence to prove that learning is depressed when you use the same words in both text as well as audio. Well, I am sure that you wouldn’t like to depress your learners. Would you?
Tip 2: Use audio to explain visuals
Narration is an ideal means to explain an image – a flowchart explaining the process involved in creating a macro in MS-word or to describe the parts of a Boeing Dreamliner. The cognitive load on the learner gets reduced substantially as the information is delivered through multiple channels – auditory and ocular.
Tip 3: Multiple voices are more effective
Using different narrators in your course makes it more engaging as it breaks the monotony in your course. Another advantage of using multiple narrators is that you can include both male and female voices that makes your online course more effective as it makes the course “sound more natural”.
Tip 4: Keep the audio crisp
It’s better to keep the narration short and simple. A lot of audio in your online course could “take away” the course from your learners. If the audio narration is too lengthy, there is every danger of learners being tuned out.
Tip 5: Provide a provision to “Playback” and turn-off the audio
The learner needs to have the option to turn the narration off at his choice. This feature makes the course suitable to both visual and auditory learners. The auditory learner could make use of the narration to have an enhanced learning experience, whereas the visual learner could learn better without the audio. Thus, it facilitates the learner to exercise proper control over the course.
It is essential to synchronize the audio with the visual content to provide a rich learning experience. You also need to make sure that the audio is of good quality to make your course effective. Recordings done in a high-quality, sound-proof studio tend to be better than those done by amateurs. The expertise of sound engineers could be used to ensure proper compression rates. On the flip side, use of professionals is expensive.
Efficient use of audio “injects” life into eLearning courses and enhances the efficacy of online courses because it adds instructional value to them. I hope you find this blog useful. Do share your thoughts with us.