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303 Making an Engaging eLearning Video with Great Audio

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Wednesday, October 29


Renoir 1 & 2

You’ve created a video, and visually it looks great. At the same time, something about it feels flat to you. You’ve shared the video with others and it seems sort of flat to them as well. The problem is often not with the visuals; it’s with the audio. Video often needs more than just voices to be engaging.

In this session, you’ll explore how to build a memorable soundtrack for your eLearning programs. You will discover how a soundtrack can take videos to new heights and facilitate higher levels of understanding among viewers. You will examine a number of techniques that eLearning developers can leverage to create soundtracks for learning programs. You will leave this session understanding the value a soundtrack can add to eLearning, and tips for how you can build one yourself.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why you need to think beyond the sound your voiceover is making
  • When music can enhance and when it can detract from your training
  • What makes a good soundtrack and how to form it
  • How to do multi-track mixing and mix-down for your training video
  • How easy it is to imagine great sound and create it
  • Where to get sound effects (SFX) and how to integrate them into your eLearning video soundtrack

Intermediate and advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Stephen Haskin


Industrial Strength Learning

Stephen Haskin, the principal of Industrial Strength Learning, started in video production and computing in the 1970s. He has worked with digital video and eLearning since the late 1980s, and has been at the forefront of streaming media. Previously, Stephen was a producer and director of film and video and won many awards for his work. He worked for the University of Michigan for several years, but has now returned to the private sector where he currently directs and consults for distance-learning projects and video. Stephen frequently speaks at conferences and seminars, is the author of three books, and is writing a fourth book about media and learning.

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