Audio

Using audio in our learning solutions is becoming more and more of a requirement whether it is on-screen narration of our screens in an online module, or the audio that we are capturing when recording video. The sound quality can make or break the experience.

Podcasts

You may not have thought of using the podcast format in your learning solution, especially if you don’t consume podcasts yourself. Podcasts are starting to become more and more prevalent in the design and delivery of learning. Understanding how they can fit within your broader strategy can help to build a more inclusive and accessible learning solution.

How to use a podcast in your eLearning strategy

“Podcast becomes, then, a new media for asynchronous training, which allows to take advantage of different modalities and enrich materials and activities, while keeping repeatability and freedom of access typical of self-paced learning.”

What Are Narrative Podcasts? Why Use Them in eLearning?

Narrative podcasts are story-driven audio recordings. As opposed to more traditional interview-style podcasts, where a single person or group is interviewed, narrative podcasts splice together a number of interviews, recordings, and sounds to present a more complete listening experience.

Text-To-Speech

Text-to-speech (TTS) has improved remarkably over the last few years with many solutions popping up as Artificial Intelligence (AI) improves.

TTS is a great solution if a narrator is not available or budget doesn’t allow for a professional voice over artist.

Management of audio assets is also improved if content needs updating quickly or regularly. You could also use TTS as a placeholder for your prototypes even if you are allowing for a professional voice over artist of a human providing the narration.

Here is an example of Adobe Captivate text-to-speech using inbuilt voices from the Captivate feature.

https://learningplan.com.au/review/speech-to-text/

The above Test To Speech sample was made with https://voicemaker.in

Some solutions available to try for free (or simply search for “AI text to speech”).

https://speak.streams.live/

Speak Streams allows you to generate realistic sounding audio from text. We use a mix of machine learning algorithms to bring you the best voice generation technology.

As a non registered user you can generate files from text up to 300 characters. Login to generate longer audio files, up to 1000 characters.

Giide

I just discovered this a few weeks back and looks like an interesting solution when providing audio learning solutions.

Engage your audience on a whole new level

Giides can be experienced in the web browser (or an app.)

Combine your voice with an interactive feed. Create and share in minutes.

giide.com

Click the image to experience a Giide

Headliner

Automatically Turn Podcasts Into Shareable Videos. Take audio only and include images and audio waveforms to bring your audio to life.

Headliner App

Something similar achieved with Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects

Click the image to visit the Headline App gallery.

Below is a great 4 minute video that gives real examples of the different qualities of audio that can be achieved with certain equipment.

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