It is a known fact that in an eLearning course, audio helps learners in concentrating on the onscreen content and visuals. This way, it makes the learning simpler and better. But there is more to be considered.
Audio can be used for:
- Summarizing the onscreen content
- Narrating word-to-word text on the screen
- Recounting important points from the onscreen content
- Describing an image or animation without the onscreen content
Audio should be a part of an instructional strategy. Make use of audio as an instructional objective. While developing a process training course, utilize audio to highlight the steps of the process depicted using animations or illustrations. For software training, use audio for the simulation steps that focus on specific features of the software. Audio can also be used as a strategy if you incorporate characters in your eLearning courses.
Here are a few tips to help you use audio effectively in eLearning courses.
Make it conversational
By engaging your learners with audio, their interest will be sustained throughout the course. For this, make the audio conversational. Make the audio sound as if the narrator is talking to the learner.
Using words that convey emotion such as ‘wow!’, ‘that’s great’, ‘oh no’ can help the learner connect better to the course.
Percentage of audio to be used
Too much is too bad. This statement holds good for eLearning audio as well. Using too much audio not only makes it redundant, but also slows the learning process. Exact narration of the onscreen text should be avoided as it will make your course monotonous and divert your learners’ attention from onscreen text.
Using audio to summarize the onscreen text or to list the important points of the slide would be more beneficial. You can also explain an image or animation using precise audio.
Use a professional voice
Narration is an art, and it is better to hire professional narrators for narrating the audio script of your course. This aspect becomes even more important, when the course is being translated into more than one language.
Using a professional narrator, who has proficiency in the language, adds depth to your course. Professional narrators can understand the cultural intricacies and be more convincing than non-professionals.
Use audio effectively, considering these tips, while developing an eLearning course. Hope you find this blog useful. Please do share your thoughts with us.