E-learning industry has seen unprecedented growth in the past few years. According to Forbes, the market for e-learning will be worth US$355 billion in 2025. E-learning voiceover may seem like a very smooth and easy task. But, in reality, it is often very technical and time-consuming, and listeners may have a difficult time keeping their eyes open.
To make your e-learning project a huge success, below are some tips you can follow.
1. Write an effective script
A script is one of the most crucial elements in an e-learning voiceover. Here are some tips that can help you prepare an excellent e-learning voiceover script:
• While writing the script, make sure you fully understand the purpose and learning objective of your project.
• The script should be natural and conversational. Make sure to use the language easily understood by the learners.
• Avoid using passive voice when writing your voiceover script and keep the sentences short.
• Keep your lesson brief and engaging, rather than lengthy and boring. 100-150 words take about a minute to read. With this in mind, decide the word-limit of your script.
• Read it aloud before handing it over to the voice actor. This allows you to catch grammatical errors and misspelled words that spell-check software doesn’t pick up.
2. Hire a professional
Most of the e-learning content is recorded only in the English language. Hence, there is a massive demand for voice actors in this department. So, if you’re looking for a voice talent for your e-learning project, the following tips can help you make the right choice:
• The voice talent should specialize in the subject-matter of the e-learning material so that he records it naturally and confidently. A non-specialized narrator may not be able to understand the script and pronounce technical jargon correctly.
• The good voiceover actor should be able to maintain consistent style and rhythm throughout the recording session.
• Make sure the voice talent is familiar with the tools and equipment used while recording.
3. Use the right type of narration
Commlab India recently mentioned, “If content is the king of e-learning, audio narration is the queen.” Narration is an essential part of an e-learning voiceover. When handled well, it takes your voiceover project to the next level. But, when done poorly, it may disengage your learners and spoil the overall quality of the project.
There are mainly four types of narration:
• Elaboration – Giving additional information to the on-screen text.
• Paraphrasing – Summarizing the on-screen text.
• Verbatim – Word-to-word reading the text on the screen.
• Descriptive – Describing the on-screen images.
All these types of narration are useful, depending on the e-learning material. For example, paraphrasing might be suitable in case of lengthy company policies. Whereas, for short phrases, verbatim can be used.
4. Avoid background sounds
Background noise can make your e-learning voiceover sound unprofessional and confusing. Hence, make sure that the recording studio is free from any noisy objects such as coolers, fans, and air conditioners. If a soundproof room does not fit in your budget, a walk-in closet full of clothes can also prove to be a suitable environment for voiceover. Moreover, various editing tools, such as Audacity, can help you fine-tune your e-learning voiceover.
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