Aural Elements in eLearning

Elearning content is mainly transmitted visually, but audio is a powerful dimension that can enhance or distract from your elearning.

Here are some tips I’ve learned about using audio in elearning.

1. Keep music to a minimum

Music is best kept to a short piece at the beginning and end of your elearning. An elearning course with full background music on at all times can be distracting, especially if there is already narration in other parts of the content. We once created an elearning with a piece of background music that turned out to be an earworm, and everybody had it stuck in their heads for days.

2. Sound effects are useful

If you are creating a piece of elearning that is fun and casual, sound effects are a great way to add realism and/or humour to your course. Most commonly, we use dings and buzzers to quickly communicate correct and incorrect feedback in knowledge checks and quizzes.

3. Keep It Short & Simple

KISS is useful in almost any situation, but especially when it comes to narration in your elearning. Once you have written the script for your audio, try timing how long it takes you to say the words on one screen. You might be surprised at how long that will take compared to how long it looks on the page.

Don’t forget that if you are adding audio to make your elearning AODA compliant, any and all text on screen and behind click throughs will also have to be recorded and added to your total elearning runtime.

Now consider your total. This is the amount of time you need to keep your learner engaged. Are there enough graphics or other visual elements happening during this time? Perhaps you will need to break up the script into several shorter screens, or simplify your content further.

With these simple points in mind, you can create elearning that stays fresh, interesting and fun with well-placed audio! Contact us if you need help advancing your elearning content to the next level!

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