Be Your Own eLearning Voice-over Artist

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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 (SMEs) may not always be available. That leaves just one person—YOU! So there you are with a laptop, a script, and a microphone, not completely sure of what to do next. Or maybe you’re already doing your own voiceovers, but wish you could sound better.

Participants in this interactive and engaging session will learn what to do with an eLearning script. You’ll discover mark-up techniques, and how to make minor modifications to a script to make it as natural as possible to read. You’ll learn which words or phrases to emphasize to match the instructional content, and how to clarify any issues with the SME or content provider. You’ll get 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. You’ll also learn how to set up an inexpensive recording studio to further improve the quality of your voice-overs

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to review, prepare, and modify a voice-over 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 through advanced designers, developers, project managers, and other subject-matter experts and content providers. An elementary knowledge of instructional design principles and the courseware development process will be helpful as we will discuss how to maintain instructional integrity during the recording preparation stage.

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