Tips to Develop Error-free Audio Script for E-learning

Tips to Develop Error-free Audio Script for E-learning Courses

Preparing the audio script for an eLearning course is a very important task which must be done carefully, as a small mistake in it may lead to a lot of rework. If we take care of a few things before sending the script for recording, we can avoid mistakes.

Here are a few tips that can help you write audio scripts, very effectively.

1. Add Pronunciation Notes for: 

  • Acronyms

    We may use several acronyms included in our script. So, we must make sure to give a clear pronunciation note for each acronym. For example, the term ISO must be pronounced as I-S-O (individual letters) or I-So.

  • Units

    Include the pronunciation notes for the units of a number as it can be useful to the narrator. For example:

    “100 kg.”- Should be read as “Hundred Kilograms

    2 cm.”- Should be read as “ Two Centimeters

  • Unfamiliar terms

    The eLearning courses often deal with different subjects medicine, industrial safety, compliance, etc. Not all narrators are familiar with them. To avoid mistakes in pronouncing unfamiliar terms, we need to provide pronunciation notes for them.

  • Global abbreviations

    Provide a global abbreviations list on the top of the script. This helps avoid confusion when the encounters the abbreviations in the script. For example, include things like:

    i.e.”- Should be read as “such as” or “that is”

    “e.g.”- Should be read as “for example”

    “etc.”- Should be read as “etcetera”

  • Numbers

    In order to avoid mistakes when pronouncing numbers give a note to the elearning course narrator on how to read them. For example:

    263”- Should be read as “Two Sixty Three” or “Two Hundred and Sixty Three

    2015”- Should be read as “Two Thousand Fifteen” or “Twenty Fifteen

    Provide a separate column for the pronunciation notes, so that it will be easy for the narrator to understand.

2. Emphasize the “Needed Words”

If you want some words to be emphasized, then make sure you underline, bold, capitalize or italicize the words. This helps grab the narrator’s attention and makes the narration easy.

3. Include Slide Numbers

Include the slide numbers in the script, and this helps both the narrator and the people who are embedding the audio in the elearning course.

4. Give a Pause wherever Required

The animations in the course should be shown along with the audio. So, a little pause in the audio may be needed to maintain synchronization. So, by adding the word pause in the script, you can let the narrator know that he needs to give a pause there. This makes our task easier.

5. Double Check for: 

  • Spelling mistakes

    After you finish preparing the audio script for your elearning courses, check whether there are any spelling mistakes in it. This will help avoid unnecessary confusion.

  • Grammatical errors

    One way to avoid grammatical errors is to read your script aloud. This helps you recognize errors and correct them immediately.

I hope these tips were helpful. Please do share if you have any thing to add to this list.

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