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

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Thursday, October 1



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).

Sandy Brink

E-Learning Instructional Designer


Sandy Brink, an eLearning instructional designer at Epic, specializes in teaching instructional designers how to make engaging eLearning and in helping others become smarter users of software. Her experiences over the past 13 years include instructor-led training, eLearning instructional design, curriculum development, webcasting, and creating templates and processes to help others develop new learning materials. She holds a BS degree in education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Molly Filler

E-Learning Instructional Designer


Molly Filler, an eLearning instructional designer at Epic, specializes in developing engaging, interactive, and educational online courses for medical professionals and IT analysts. She takes any topic and makes it easy to understand and visually appealing to the learner. With over 11 years of experience, she regularly conducts instructor-led training, develops synchronous and asynchronous eLearning solutions, designs templates and best practices for peers and clients, and manages high-visibility learning projects. She holds a BS degree in communications with a specialization in instructional design from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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