Be Your Own eLearning Voiceover Artist

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DevLearn 2014 Conference & Expo - October 31, 2014

Charles Jones

Education Program Specialist
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Your course looks fantastic, but how does it sound? Learning is most effective when it takes advantage of both audio and visual pathways into the brain. Adding quality voiceovers to your eLearning program can greatly enhance knowledge transfer. But hiring professional voiceover talent can be expensive, and subject-matter experts may not always be available. That leaves just one person: you!

In this interactive and engaging session, you will learn what to do once you receive an eLearning script. You will receive a small portion of a script on which to practice mark-up techniques. You will make minor modifications to the script to make it as natural as possible to read. You will also learn which words or phrases to emphasize to match the instructional content, and to clarify any issues with the SME or content provider. You will explore four simple audio editing techniques for reducing background noise, improving the quality of the narration, removing unwanted portions of the audio, and optimizing the audio for playback. Participants will also learn how to set up an inexpensive recording studio to further improve the quality of voiceovers.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to review, prepare, and modify a voiceover script to ensure narration quality while maintaining instructional integrity
  • Techniques you can immediately use to sound your best during the recording phase
  • Four easy steps to enhance the quality of your narration and remove unwanted sounds and noise with audio editing software
  • How to optimize your audio for playback and make post-production changes
  • How to create a very inexpensive recording studio

Audience:
Novice to advanced designers, developers, and project managers with an elementary knowledge of instructional design principles and the courseware development process.

Technology discussed in this session:
Adobe Audition or Audacity.

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