The Script Only Needs to Be Perfect: Planning for Voice-narrated eLearning

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DevLearn 2015 Conference & Expo - October 1, 2015

Sandy Brink

E-Learning Instructional Designer

Molly Filler

E-Learning Instructional Designer

Studies show that using audio narration in eLearning lessons is significantly more effective than using on-screen text. However, adding a human voice to lessons increases production time and makes updating lessons difficult. These obstacles might make you consider using text-to-speech or even cause you to forego the use of audio altogether.

In this session you will learn how to strategically plan your eLearning lessons so that including human voice narration isn’t a drain on resources. This session will convince you to use human voice in your lessons, show you how to write your content in such a way that you cater to both your learners and your narrators, and explain ways that you can avoid needing to re-record audio. You will leave with tools such as sample templates, rules of thumb, communication strategies with your reviewers and narrators, and tips to circumvent time-consuming re-records. This session will lead to a better experience for both you and your learners.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why a human should narrate eLearning
  • Best practices in script writing
  • Ways to communicate with your reviewers and narrators
  • Strategies to circumvent having to re-recording audio

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Captivate and Audacity (free audio software).


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