Get Voiceover Right First Time with this Essential Checklist

eLearning Architect

More and more learners are demanding voiceover in their eLearning courses and for good reason – a great voiceover can bring your content to life. But adding audio to courses creates several variables within the design process. Question 1: What is your voiceover preference? List some adjectives that describe the perfect voice – relaxed, upbeat, professional, enthusiastic – most voiceover websites will use this terminology to categorise the voice talent.

6 sound strategies for using audio in your elearning

Elucidat

Audio can be a useful tool to add life to and explain your content. However, too much audio in the wrong place could make your content sink, not sing. In this article, we’ll show you some great ways to use audio and share inspiring demos of where audio rocks. Audio can be cheap to produce and quick to make. In fact, badly done audio can damage the learning potential of your content. Why audio in elearning is important. Use audio with animation.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Client is Addicted: Audio in eLearning

Learning Visions

Thursday, February 21, 2008 My Client is Addicted: Audio in eLearning Cathy Moore had a post a few months ago ( Addicted to Audio? that inspired me to change my approach to using audio in eLearning. She suggested using audio sparingly. When I see a need for a text heavy pages, I eliminate audio so as not to "depress learning." In the comments on Cathys post, there was a bit of discussion about switching back and forth between pages with and pages without audio.

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Here’s a Free Text-to-Speech Application for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Use text-to-speech to create placeholder content for your reviewers so that you can get the voiceover script approved before sending it out for professional recording. They can produce the courses and insert audio narration generated by text-to-speech applications. Insert your entire narration script and output either a single audio file or split the narration into multiple audio files. Output as an audio file. Create multiple audio files from one script.

New 1-Hour Live, Online Course: Microsoft PowerPoint to eLearning via Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, or Presenter

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Alternately, you can rely on Presenter, a PowerPoint plug-in that works together with PowerPoint to accomplish many of the things you can do in Captivate, Camtasia, and Storyline. Does the voiceover audio you added to your PowerPoint slides still work when the slides are imported into your eLearning tool? If you intend to create an eLearning course, it’s a good bet that you’re going to start the development process in Microsoft PowerPoint.

New 1-Hour Live, Online Course: Microsoft PowerPoint to eLearning via Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, or Presenter

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Alternately, you can rely on Presenter, a PowerPoint plug-in that works together with PowerPoint to accomplish many of the things you can do in Captivate, Camtasia, and Storyline. Does the voiceover audio you added to your PowerPoint slides still work when the slides are imported into your eLearning tool? If you intend to create an eLearning course, it’s a good bet that you’re going to start the development process in Microsoft PowerPoint.

6 Ways to make your Courses Accessibility Compliant (508/WCAG/ADA) in Storyline

Illumen Group

But when we don’t consider accessibility, we are shutting the door on those who have disabilities and challenging our stakeholders to attain alternative training methods for those who need them. Alt tags, or alternative tags, are little notes you can associate with any visual in your project. Use alt tags to include instructions that don’t typically need to be on-screen or in the voiceover audio. Use alternative content.

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Extending Mobile Models

Clark Quinn

The point is that content is prepared media, whether text, audio, or video. Here I’m thinking alternate reality games or augmented reality (whether it’s voiceover, visual overlays, what have you). In preparation for a presentation, I was reviewing my mobile models. You may recall I started with my 4C ‘s model (Content, Compute, Communicate, & Capture), and have mapped that further onto Augmenting Formal, Performance Support, Social, & Contextual.

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7 tips for designing accessible elearning

Elucidat

Design with audio and visual in mind. There are several reasons why a learner may prefer an audio or visual version of your course. Therefore, it’s important to make sure all your audio content is also available as text, either via a transcript or closed captions, to cater for all those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Mac and iOS users already have VoiceOver screen reader already built in. Everyone should be able to have a great learning experience.

Learning in the Times of COVID-19 – How to Develop Your Online Learning Material 

Hurix Digital

Alternatively, if you are using screens, the content placement for each screen is finalized. At this stage, the entire course material is squeezed into a few slides, and the elements of written, visual, and audio format are finalized. Creating Course Material Sans Audio. All the elements of the course material, except the audio script, are put together at this stage. Adding in the Audio.

Screen Readers and How They Work with Section 508 E-Learning

CommLab India

In simple words, screen readers “read out” the content on the computer screen such as headings, paragraphs, alternative text of images, and so on. These software applications can read not only the onscreen content, but also the audio descriptions of a video to provide additional information about the visuals being presented. And, to explain what the images represent, they rely on the alternative text of the images. Mac VoiceOver.

Soundscapes for elearning

Sponge UK

Voiceovers and audio recordings often make up part of the content, however, it’s equally important to be aware of the whole soundscape that your elearning will exist in and create. However, if learners are wearing headphones you have complete control of their audio experience. We’re going to explore some of the key factors to consider when creating audio for elearning.

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7 tips for designing accessible elearning

Elucidat

Design with audio and visual in mind. There are several reasons why a learner may prefer an audio or visual version of your course. Therefore, it’s important to make sure all your audio content is also available as text, either via a transcript or closed captions, to cater for all those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Mac and iOS users already have VoiceOver screen reader already built in. Everyone should be able to have a great learning experience.

Captivate 8: Working with Text-to-Speech and Voices

eLearning Brothers

First, the easiest way to access Captivate’s text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities is via the Audio > Speech Management option. Once you click the Generate Audio button at the bottom, the narration will be created and added to the slide’s timeline. If you wish to progress more cautiously and/or have notes attached to each slide, then an alternative approach is to select Window > Slide Notes. Guest blog post by Erik Lord.

Video Tutorials Win (again!): The Unbounce Solution

TechSmith Camtasia

When compared to alternatives, Camtasia hit the sweet spot in terms of what we needed. Once we had our script, we would record the voiceover. From the beginning, Ryan, our Director of CS recommended keeping audio and video separate. It allowed us to smooth out the wrinkles a little because we could manipulate the video separate from the audio. While recording audio separately from the video tracks allows for better editing, it also takes longer.

Making the most of animation in elearning

Elucidat

Bringing in humor through the tone of the voiceover and the playful animation grabs attention without overshadowing the serious subject matter – something that would have been hard to achieve in a sensitive way through film. Each animation is combined with audio voiceover to bring the characters to life, providing an effective and engaging visual alternative to a text-based quote. Animated video can be a powerful way to convey a concept and engage your learners.

Why Are Videos a Powerful E-learning Trend?

CommLab India

Imagine going through an e-learning course without any audio and visual elements. Even though it is primarily a visual medium, the voiceover in videos appeals to auditory learners. Videos are a better alternative for processes that are learned better through visual demonstration rather than a narrative explanation. Will it engage your learners? Certainly not. It is important to use a variety of media to deliver learning and hold the attention of the learner.

Using Pattern Libraries for Accessible Elearning: Insights from CSUN 2018

The Learning Dispatch

For example, a requirement might state that an image needs to have a text alternative. But what counts as a good text alternative? At WGBH, for example, Rothberg’s team became part of the design effort, so that the team could make sure features like audio description were considered when the content was being created. Making elearning accessible is the right thing to do. It’s also often a project requirement.

The 5 Video Features That Make an Authoring Tool Easy to Use

CommLab India

Typically a screencast (another name for screen recording) is made using an installed piece of software on the computer, but here, you use your authoring tool to do the same.When using an authoring tool for screencasting, you can often record both audio and the screen. Any demonstration of software with a voiceover to guide learners is made very well with a screencast. Otherwise, maybe it is time to look for an alternative.

Product Review: Knoodle

eLearning 24-7

Problems with recording audio. Video goes in and out with the audio – They explain it has to do with the latest version of Flash, but how about coming up with an alternative. Record Live Audio/Video. Let’s talk about the “record live audio and or video option” When clicking this option, the next window will ask your permission to access/use your webcam and mic. Record Voiceover. In my case I added some an audio file.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

For example, WCAG requires that non-text content (such as images) have a text alternative (often referred to as “alt text.”). Guides exist that show how to apply WCAG to elearning , and to PDFs , and other aspects of online training like video, audio, and social media. If the learning objectives require a test item that would not be accessible (a drag-and-drop activity, for example), is there a plan to provide an accessible alternative?

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

For example, WCAG requires that non-text content (such as images) have a text alternative (often referred to as “alt text.”). Guides exist that show how to apply WCAG to elearning , and to PDFs , and other aspects of online training like video, audio, and social media. If the learning objectives require a test item that would not be accessible (a drag-and-drop activity, for example), is there a plan to provide an accessible alternative?

85+ Top Tools & Resources for Course Creators

learnWorlds

It is essentially a web-based free photoshop alternative. iMovie is the iconic tool for Mac – for all apple mobile devices, offering unique features including studio quality titles, extra special effects, filters, built-in music and voiceover. Final Cut Pro is also a tool for Mac only, offering advanced features such as editing, audio, motion graphics, a VR headset playback, advanced color grading and built-in controls to create, edit and deliver closed captions.

Planning A Video Production

The eLearning Coach

The alternative is to hire a script writer. From a practical standpoint, training videos typically use the two-column (audio and video) type of format with the narration, sound effects and music in one column and visuals in the other. Alternately, you can hire a video production house and use one of their studios where they will create the sets. For small or low-budget video productions, you will have a videographer who also mixes the audio.

#EDCMOOC: being human – reasserting the human

Good To Great

The only alternatives to phones that the advert shows are text-based online communications, when in reality screen-based technology can do a lot more than this with video chats and so on. He actually advocates audio interactions, too, but for me the bulk of his argument is centred around video.)

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Video Statistics, Habits, and Trends You Need To Know [New Research]

TechSmith Camtasia

Aim for a minimum of 200 characters and include keywords and alternative wording. Incorporate alternative terms and wordings into your description and video tags. A good way to find alternative phrases is to type the original term into YouTube’s search bar and look at the search suggestions. Use an engaging speaker or voiceover to present the topic with passion and excitement. Don’t forget the audio! Clear audio and proper video length are important.

How to Get Publicity and Influencer Marketing for Course Creators with Esther Kiss

LifterLMS

And for instance, if you have a book, then you want to have additional resources like an audio book, or video content, or quiz, or whatever it may be that’s not feasible to put it in the printed form. So it’s a different way of preparing for that type of an interview, or for a written article in Forbes, or Inc, or whatever versus for instance, an audio podcast.

New 1-Hour Live, Online Course: Microsoft PowerPoint to eLearning via Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, or Presenter

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Alternately, you can rely on Presenter, a PowerPoint plug-in that works together with PowerPoint to accomplish many of the things you can do in Captivate, Camtasia, and Storyline. Does the voiceover audio you added to your PowerPoint slides still work when the slides are imported into your eLearning tool? If you intend to create an eLearning course, it’s a good bet that you’re going to start the development process in Microsoft PowerPoint.

TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Splitting Audio for Synchronizing with Video

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

When recording short videos with the Camtasia Recorder, it’s most efficient to record your voiceover audio at the same time. However, it may be necessary for you to add the audio to the video later while working in the Camtasia Editor. I’ve seen a couple of scenarios where adding the audio to a project later is a better way to go. Your system/location isn’t set up or ideal to record audio and you’ll record the audio later (perhaps in a studio).