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It seems like adding audio to an eLearning activity would be a no-brainer thing to do. The common thought is that it can jazz up what is being displayed on the screen and create a higher level of engagement.
Unfortunately, the issue isn’t that cut and dried. There are times when audio does lend some benefit, but there are also times that the addition of audio has the opposite of the desired effect, and ends up doing more harm than good.
The most important thing to remember is that each and every facet of an eLearning experience should be adding value. That’s a pretty good litmus test for adding narration or for any other questionable practice.
It can help to look at the issue in terms of pros and cons, though there are even caveats within these two distinctions.
ELearning is an ever-changing and evolving area. What works for one course perfectly may not work at all for another. There are a lot of variables.
First, let’s try to break down some of the positives that can come from adding audio narration to a custom elearning course.
Now it’s time to consider some of the a effects audio narration can have.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the use of audio narration. The bottom line remains the same: only include an element into a custom elearning course that adds definite value.
Get in touch with Designing Digitally, Inc. today and determine the best way to narrate your next custom elearning experience!