Audio is the soul of eLearning courses; it connects the learner with learning content. Using audio narration in translated eLearning courses undoubtedly enhances the effectiveness of the course. Audio narrations are helpful in improving the effectiveness of translated courses in the following ways:
Superior Learner Engagement: There will be better involvement in the learning process on the part of the learner if the audio is in his/her native language. Use of pitch and pace while speaking is relatively low in Asian countries when compared to American and European nations. In such instances, it is difficult for the learner to match the audio pace and understand the topic. Hence, audio in the resident language, which connects with the learner, results in better learning.
Learner Can Compare Onscreen Content and Audio: We cannot use either text or audio alone in an eLearning course. They both need to be used and coordinated to reach visual and auditory learners. When a complex image or diagram is used, audio supports the learner by giving the explanation related to that image or diagram. In case of any difficulty, the learner can compare the audio with the onscreen image and develop a finer insight into the concept presented.
While audio does play an important role in delivering learning material, we have other alternatives that we can use to improve learning. When we want to keep our translation costs low, we might be forced to dispense with audio. In such situations, we can use the following options:
Using More On-Screen Text and Visuals: When it comes to compliance courses, focus is on teaching legal terms and laws. We can use more text on the screen to define and explain the terminology, laws and regulations. In case of product training, the parts and functions of a product can be explained using hot spots on images. Clicking on a hot spot gives the learner detailed description of that particular section. Similarly, we can use click on tabs, click on images, flip cards and other tools to enhance learning.
Offering Interactivities: Learner may lose concentration when attempting to keep up with a lengthy course. Using interactivities is a good option to maintain the interest levels of learners. Interactivities are nothing but small quizzes and puzzles used in between segments of the course. Learners need to solve these quizzes to go forward. If learners have not paid attention to learning they cannot move further. They will be obliged to review the content and understand the concepts. Interactivities also help learners to check their learning before proceeding further.
Audio is an essential element of eLearning course materials. It supports the learner to comprehend better by providing better connectivity. We can’t deny the importance of audio in eLearning. However, due to budgetary constraints if we have to dispense with audio, we can use more content on screen and interactivities alternatively to enhance the effectiveness of learning.