Most of us expend all our creative energy in creating an engaging eLearning course, which will captivate learners with its rich visuals and presentation. But often, we overlook one key element which is as important as the on-screen presentation – the audio script.
Audio narration, though seemingly in the background of the course, forms the backbone of the course. It is the main element that holds the course together, enables smooth transition between topics and helps learners get involved in the course.
Well written audio scripts prompt learner involvement and ensure participation. Yet, despite its myriad benefits, audio script is often the most neglected part of an eLearning course.
In this blog, I will enumerate some simple tips on how to write learner-friendly audio scripts.
1. The vital aspect is to keep the script conversational
Yes, your script should be written the way people talk; not the way they read.
- Keep it simple and crisp
- Write in the active voice, not passive. This will help learners connect to the course
- Where possible, use informal language
- Use inclusive words (such as ‘we’, ‘our’)
2. Use short sentences
Write short sentences which are easy to listen to, easy to understand, and easy to be read by the narrator. Generally, convey only one idea per sentence. Keeping the number of words in a sentence below 25 is usually a good idea. Wherever possible, try to split large complicated sentences into smaller, simpler sentences.
Similarly, use contractions (such as aren’t, can’t, don’t) where possible. They sound friendlier and are easy to read.
3. Read your script aloud
Once you finish writing, read your script aloud. This will help you identify whether the flow is correct. It will also help you identify issues such as:
- Long sentences
- Places where a transition might be needed
- Places where you stumble (these will be difficult for the narrator too, try to rewrite them)
4. Help the narrator
Yes, finally it is your responsibility to assist the narrator so that your script is read properly, the way you want, with minimum rework. To this end:
- Provide pronunciation notes (for technical terms, acronyms, numbers such as years, etc.)
- Specify the words/phrases to be emphasized
- Indicate where a pause is needed (Indicate these breaks with an ellipsis (…))
- Write the script in a legible font in a clear size
Above all, approach the task with enthusiasm and treat it as an essential part of the course – not an
add-on which can be tackled at the last minute.
These simple tipsdon’t cost much time or effort, but they yield excellent results – a good audio script. So, follow them and make your scripts as exciting and engaging as your courses.
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