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Engaging Learners with Video & Audio WK4

How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning

@hubcurator: We all recognize the sound of poor quality audio when we hear it. Whether it’s unwanted static, an echo, or ambient room noise, bad audio can distract your learners from the content in your blended learning and prevent them from clearly receiving your message. Follow these five simple tips from Tim Slade to amp up your audio recording and production skills.

Best Practices: Audio in the Virtual Classroom

@hubcurator: Anyone who has taught or participated in a virtual learning environment knows, audio plays a key role in a program’s success. Audio connectivity issues can quickly derail a session, making effective planning essential. How should you encourage learners to connect to audio? As virtual learning architects, how should you think about audio in relationship to the overall learning experience? Explore this article from the InSync blog, Getting InSync, for answers to these questions and more.

5 Tips to Casting Dubbing Voice-Over Talents for E-Learning Scenarios

@hubcurator: Lip-sync dubbing for blended learning and skills training scenarios is one of the most labor-intensive multimedia localization services. This is true as well of the casting process, in which a director decides which foreign-language voice talents will play which characters. Not only does casting this content require more work, but it also requires different strategies from the ones used to cast TV shows and feature films. This post highlights five tips that can help you cast your next blended learning translation project.

Three Reasons Not to Use Audio Narration in Your Online Training

@hubcurator: Audio narration is part of multimedia and adds a lot of value to your blended learning campaigns. However, there are times when it makes sense to NOT use audio. This blog post from eLearning Blogs dives into these three situations when you should avoid using audio: when the audience can't hear it; when you're on a tight budget; and when the narrator is not a professional.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

@hubcurator: Given the range of solutions for voice-over from text-to-speech, home-grown human voice-over, professional voice-over: how do you decide what's right for your blended learning campaigns? How do you justify the budget and how does that factor into your choice of solution? Are there places where text-to-speech makes sense? This blog post is part of a series on Text-to-Speech (TTS) for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband. A great exploration of audio options and the benefits and challenges that come along with each.

Do we really need narration?

@hubcurator: During this campaign, we've been asking questions and seeking answers around when our blended learning lessons should be narrated. This post serves to rephrase the question as, "When is it a good idea to force all learners to go at the same pace?"

10 Common Audio Mistakes

@hubcurator: Listen up! Sound can be an important part of your blended learning lesson video. Here are some tips on how to record it, edit it, deliver it, and make it awesome!

The Ultimate Podcasting Resource List

@hubcurator: This resource page from The Podcast Host is the most up-to-date reference for equipment advice. No matter what stage of podcasting you’re at, you can find the tools you need here. I encourage you to explore the site for more audio resources and training opportunities from this group of audio experts. Our favorite "go-to" site for all things audio.

Free Audio Files for E-Learning | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

@hubcurator: There are thousands of free audio files available for use, but some sites can be misleading (fees, etc.). Here's a reliable list of free audio resource sites that you can use as assets in your blended learning lessons. A few good fee-based sites are also included.