Are You in Compliance with ADA and Section 508 Accessibility Guidelines?

Magic EdTech

In recent years, quite a few successful lawsuits have drawn attention to ADA guidelines for web accessibility. Required Compliance with the ADA’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for Private Sector Businesses. The first set of WCAG included 14 guidelines.

eLearning: What's the Best Microphone for Voiceover Audio?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

I received an email asking the following: What specific advice can you give about the kind of microphone to purchase for making good quality audio narrations to accompany my Captivate training sessions, minimizing echo and other audio problems? each can produce awesome eLearning content that will be enhanced if you include voiceover audio. I was surprised by how good the audio was considering the poor experiences I've had with most built-in microphones in the past.

Does audio narration help eLearners?


Unpacking the value add of audio narration in online learning. Typically, audio voiceover will also be displayed as text. Sometimes the learner has an option to hide the text and listen to the audio, or mute the audio and read the text, choosing one sensory channel over the other. But often the text is displayed along with the audio whether the learner wants to experience both or not. Efficiency in learning: evidence-based guidelines to manage cognitive load.

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How to (and Why) Produce High Quality Audio for E-Learning


Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start and answer the question, “Should you use audio narration in your e-learning courses?” There are two ways to go when recording audio narration. Here are some tips to get the most out of recording audio yourself.

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12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

audio elements, including your voice. provide processing on video and audio content. adheres to your visual guidelines. colors to your exact brand guidelines, and then specify other details such as font sizes, backgrounds, and menu items. 12 Ways to Get the Most.

How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning

E-learning Uncovered

We all recognize the sound of poor quality audio when we hear it. Whether it’s unwanted static, an echo, or ambient room noise, bad audio can distract your learners from the content in your e-learning course and prevent them from clearly receiving your message.

Adding Audio to Adobe Captivate

Take an e-Learning Break

There's a 3-part series in this blog along with a reminder of why we need to add audio in our elearning platforms. According to Colvin Clark & Mayer (2002) there are six different "broadly applicable" media element guidelines to follow when undertaking e-learning instruction. These guidelines are: The Multimedia Principle: Use words and graphics rather than words alone. The Redundancy Principle: Presenting words in both text and audio narration can hurt learning.

Adding Closed Captions for your Videos in Adobe Captivate 7

Adobe Captivate

Adding closed captions to your eLearning courses is a basic requirement to meet accessibility standards like Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

eLearning - Audio & Captivate, Blogging, Twitter, & the Brain

Big Dog, Little Dog

Adding Audio to Adobe Captivate - Michael Hanley in E-Learning Curve Blog. Besides giving detailed instructions and hints for adding audio to Adobe Captivate projects, Michael, also writes of why we need to add audio in our elearning platforms.

Photos, Good Enough, Visual Memory, Sentences, & Audio

Big Dog, Little Dog

Information Architecture for Audio: Doing It Right. The principles of information architecture are exactly what you need to create usable audio. Your approach to creating audio should be similar to developing a large website. Photos for interaction - Boxes and Arrows.

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Do we really need narration?

Making Change

The studies on audio focused on transfer of knowledge. There’s a lot more on this topic at the Learning Circuits blog and in two previous posts on my blog: Addicted to Audio? Tags: Audio Instructional design When should elearning be narrated?

Lectora Development Best Practices Part 1 – Optimizing Preferences

Integrated Learnings

While Lectora has its own multimedia editors that have useful capabilities, such as syncing audio , they are rather limited. To move an existing guideline, hold the ctrl key and drag the line. Lectora Audio Best PracticesBy Joseph Suarez. After using Lectora for almost five years, I’ve learned so much both from the helpful community of Lectora users and on my own. There are great resources available in printed books and blogs like this.

Adobe Captivate 7 Tutorials

Adobe Captivate

Learn how to create eLearning courses that address accessibility standards such as Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Learn how to import your PowerPoint project, including text, shapes, audio, and animations, into Adobe Captivate 7 and publish it directly to HTML5.

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The Importance of eLearning Style Guides

Association eLearning

It had their color palette, the guidelines for using their logo, the standards for images, and more. Then the organization started hiring contractors to update their existing eLearning courses, so they’d match the new guidelines. Do you have question formatting guidelines?

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Captions allow the content of web audio and video to be accessible to those who do not have access to audio. According to WebAIM , captions are text versions of the spoken word presented within multimedia.

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Information on E-Learning and WCAG 2.0 Compliance in Australia

Connect Thinking

stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines were put together by the World Wide Web (WC3) consortium in 2008. At this time, non-government organisations are exempt from the requirement to comply with WCAG guidelines. Keyboard audio and visual controls.

Manage Cognitive Load in Digital Learning

B Online Learning

Research into our cognitive architecture has lead to the development of Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and related guidelines which, when applied, results in more efficient learning. It offers principles and instructional guidelines.

E-learning Solutions in the Healthcare Sector: Creating Knowledge and Enlightenment


Regulatory bodies closely scrutinize the healthcare sector to ensure that every organization is working within the guidelines of the industry. Compliance trainings are put in place so that every employee understands the guidelines.

Weekly Bookmarks (5/1/11)

Experiencing eLearning

Two IDs look at the use of audio narration–how much, quality of speakers, quality of equipment. Includes guidelines based on their survey of employees. tags: e-learning audio research casestudies. Here are the guidelines we have adopted as a result of this study: [How much?] We will use audio only when instructionally necessary. How Much Narration in eLearning? Our Lessons Learned by Don Bair & Mike Dickinson : Learning Solutions Magazine.

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Silence, in eLearning, is Not Always Golden


Here, we’ll focus on enhancing the learning experience with (great) audio , as pure text or graph-based learning can be, well, excruciatingly mind-numbing. So, what is audio “good for”? Yes, there are instances when you do not need any audio at all in your eLearning. No audio.

Gramophone To IPOD: 4 Different Eras Of E-Learning Development [Infographic]

CommLab India

As an e-learning professional while writing this post, I have been surprised to notice that the evolution of audio players has a lot in common with the evolution of online learning. The history of audio players as well as e-learning development can be divided into 4 stages.

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Formatting Tips for Voice Over Scripts

Experiencing eLearning

A few formatting guidelines can make our scripts clearer and easier to use. If your organization has standard practices, follow those guidelines; they probably work fine and are what people are accustomed to working with. If possible, provide an audio link to the pronunciation of word.

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Gramophone to IPod: What Has the Journey Got to do with E-learning Development

CommLab India

The world of audio players has come a long way in the last 70 years, from the days of the Gramophone to today’s iPods. As an e-learning professional, I believe the evolution of audio players has a lot in common with the evolution of online learning. Change is the only constant.

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Top 7 tips for Innovative eLearning Development

Your Training Edge

Pursue this essential guideline, and it will help to achieve your learning targets. This software offers a stable connection with high quality audio and video. eLearning development is a matter that is concerned to us.

Quality Control: Best Practices in Online Course Design and Delivery


Review: Where possible, institute a continuous review process for each element of your course (content, graphics, video/audio narrations, navigation, assessments). These guidelines, termed “Excellent Practice,” span almost every aspect of course design, development and delivery.

eLearning for the Deaf: Top 5 Things to Consider

eLearning Brothers

If you’re attempting to caption a course that already exists, you may have to create a separate script that will work without audio. If no one on your staff is familiar with accessibility guidelines, your best bet is to call in a professional.

e-Learning budgets: Doing more with less


Create learning content templates with suitable guidelines to help gather pertinent information out of SMEs. Use audio and video to create impactful learning. Contrary to popular belief, audio and video can be introduced in an e-course without creating a hole in training budgets.

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Best Practices for Online Course Design


Instructional designers have many tools to make their courses more entertaining and engaging, like video, audio, image editing, interactivity, and more. Provide transcripts for all audio content.

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Adobe Captivate: Say Hello to Version 7

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Provide audio feedback in response to the learner's drag-and-drop actions. HTML5 Support for Microsoft PowerPoint Import your PowerPoint project, including text, shapes, audio, and animations, into Adobe Captivate 7 and publish them directly to HTML5. Easily create simulations and demonstrations that address accessibility standards such as Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 by Kevin Siegel.

Instructional Design: The Process – Part 2

Origin Learning

Scripting the audio and dialogues. Detailed Storyboard (on MS Word or visual on PPT) with audio script or trainer notes for Modifications. Media Files like visual deck, WBT, audio files or any videos to be integrated with the course. Send out Teasers and Registration Guidelines.

Designing an Effective Online Course


Include rich media such as images, GIF, videos, audio clips, animations and illustrations to create an impact. Clear Objectives – Provide Clear and Precise Guidelines. Course guidelines. The first module of your course should describe the guidelines of your course.

Thursday’s Trending e-Learning Topic: Accessibility


People who are deaf or hard of hearing should be able to see a text transcript of any audio files in your course, whether that’s videos or podcasts. A text transcript makes your audio information accessible to these learners.

Training: The End of Anonymity

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

All of that is the perfect recipe for attendees to multitask, dip in and out, turn down the audio, and drift away. If you have fewer than about a dozen students, you can do audio introductions.   Give specific guidelines on what the introduction should contain: “Now, I’d like to meet each of you. by Jennie Ruby, COTP. An online class is not a webinar. Webinars have a well-earned reputation for being snooze fests. Often they are required attendance.

Wish You Could Search Within a Video? Use an Interactive Transcript!

3Play Media

Transcription is the process in which the audio content of a video is converted into a written document. You simply write the audio information from a video into a word processor and voilà, you have a transcript! Transcribe audio content as to close to verbatim as possible.