3 Things to Consider Before Your Next eLearning Project
E-learning offers companies and institutions the possibility of offering educational content without time and place restrictions. E-learning content is available 24/7 as long as there is an internet connection. In today’s interconnected world, more and more companies are turning to e-learning to provide employees with training and education – both for company training and for self-development purposes. But, what should you take into account before starting an e-learning production?
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3 things to consider before your next e-learning project
Choose a voice-over actor that is a native speaker
There are many benefits associated with an education that takes into account learner’s mother tongue. We tend to learn better and faster in a language we can fully understand, preventing any delays in learning. The reason for this it’s easier to retain information in our mother tongue, visualizing and developing a better understanding of the subject. This is because human brains comprehend the subject-matter more efficiently, when they are trained in their native languages. Every language has its specific nuances and intonations, and it is by understanding and embracing these nuances that you can assist your audience in capturing the message better.
Failing to address your learners in the language(s) they naturally use to communicate can result in slower learning times and even failed learning objectives, which could be fatal for some sorts of training.
Be aware of timing
Timing is another crucial aspect to consider if you want to ensure smooth production of your e-learning material. In e-learning, most projects tend to require natural length recordings and will later adjust the visuals to match the audio recording. However, you might already have a video, slide, or animation that the voice-over needs to match at specific timestamps. In this case, it’s essential to pay attention to the length of the learning material and to prepare a time-coded manuscript to match the visual presentation. Based on this manuscript, the voice actor will match their voice-over to precise timestamps, and the recording can later be mixed with the final video. That’s something our post-production team can do for you!
CLICK&LEARN, has its in-house graphic team, so they implement the voice-over into their animations.
Timing becomes even more critical when considering multilingual projects. When text is translated from one language to another, the length of the source and translated material is likely to be different. For example, English and Chinese are typically very compact languages, and any text translated from these languages will usually be longer in the translation than the original. This is something essential to keep in mind not only for the translation of the source material but also for the narration by the voice actor and any needed subtitles since arrangements will need to be made for the timestamps to be met.
Quality check your voice-over with a personalized demo
Most E-learning projects will have unique terminology and will surpass the hour, which means that there’s a risk of receiving a 3-hour-recording that doesn’t adhere to the quality standards you wish for – what a complete nightmare. You can save time by requesting a personalized demo of the e-learning module to avoid retakes. Like this, the voice talent can receive the necessary feedback to match the desire reading pace to achieve the learning goals of your audience.
This is something we have learnt at VoiceArchive by working closely with our customers. We offer customized demos for your project free of charge to make sure the recording fits your expectations for your audience.
Unsure of what’s the right voice for the target audience? That’s where we come in. With over 20 years of experience, we count with an expert team that will be able to guide you through all the stages of your project. Additionally, we are continuously developing innovative tools and resources to help our customers develop successful projects. We’ve come up with a data-driven voice selection tool. CrowdCast is a way to ask an audience representative of your target group to provide feedback for your casting. Reach out to find out more.