In my previous blogs, we have talked in-depth about creating engagement through the various aspects of elearning like gamification, game based e-learning, visual design and instructional design.
But there is a hidden element or component that stands as the support pillar to build the engagement in elearning modules as well as to hook the learners to the learning content . It is none other than the voice over narration that is able to create this magic effect.
Voice over scripts consists of the text that the voice talent or artist will record. While a voice over artist plays a major role here, it is the way you write a script that will definitely have a big impact and influence the way the voice talent reads it.
Using the right voice over makes or breaks an e-learning, Hence in this blog, I am sharing some exclusive fine tips to write voice over scripts for elearning.
Tip 1 – Plan before you start writing
In the planning stage make sure to include everything that needs to be covered in the elearning modules. See the modules from every possible angle and I recommend a brainstorming process here to bring the best out of every possibility.
One should completely go through the entire module or course to plan how the voiceover script can complement the text, images, and interactions in the elearning module.
Consider what the most important topics are in each part of the course and make sure you cover them in your script. Mark those areas and plan how effectively you can cover them in your script.
A complete proper planning helps to start writing the best effective voice over scripts for elearning.
Tip-2. Writing for the ear and not for the eye
Have you noticed how your auditory sensors respond when you hear different sounds?.
A normal human ear is designed to be perceptive to nuances. After the stage of planning, you can identify what are the important topics in the elearning module in terms of where do you require the voice over narration to increase or decrease the pitch or the tone etc. If the elearning module adapts a story, the voice over narration should be in sync with the storyline and theme etc. Hence when you write the voiceover script, my tip here is to write the script prioritizing for the ear and not for the eyes of the listeners.
Tip -3 Don’t replicate the on-screen texts
Elearning voice over should never replicate what is written on the screen as contents. Elearning voice over scripts is an additional aid in helping the learners to understand the contents more effectively. Remember the old school style of a teacher explaining you the concepts while the contents are written on the screen, you feel it more easy to absorb and understand the learning contents
The voiceover script should be well balanced between what the learners should read and understand from the screen and what contents require to be narrated.
Tip-4 Use shorter sentences in writing
While writing voice over scripts, the sentences used should be short, crisp and carefully crafted without losing the meaning. The artist might run out of steam and the narration style may not have the consistency throughout the modules.
For example, in the narration script there can be several areas where you require to modulate the voice and change your pitch tones etc. If the sentences are too lengthy, the artist might fail in doing it effectively.
You might have also noticed that we tend to read fast than we speak, hence the voice over script should be short and crisp enough to maintain the balance here. Waiting for the voiceover narration to finish after reading and understanding the on screen texts can lead to poor learning experiences
Tip-5 -Read the script loud to feel the script and make changes if necessary
This is an old tip or a trick which I feel almost everyone would have experimented.
I remember reading out loud and rehearsing my speech before competitions or events at school as reading it loud helped me to understand if there were any errors, it also helped to ensure that the words used could create a fine flow.
Reading aloud the voice over script of elearning module has got the same advantages as it will help you to catch errors if any and also to check the flow and tone etc.
The bonus tip here is to read the script loud before another person and consider his opinions on the same. This will further help to make the perfectly tuned script.
Tip 6 -Don’t skip including silence at appropriate places
Silences are required to be maintained at appropriate places in the voice over narrations. A continuous voiceover narration can disturb the learning process as the learner might start getting bored with information overload.
Moreover, it is important to ensure that the learners need ample time to process and understand the information that he sees on the screen. In elearning module, the visual content have greater importance and role to play than a voice over narration which just supplements the visual elements and learning process.
Silence can also be used for signaling to listeners that it’s time to move on to the next topic or information, or else letting them know that you are giving them time to examine something on-screen.
Hence by introducing silence at appropriate places, it allows the learners to have a flexible pace and enjoy the learning process.
Tip 7- Simplify the language
Every industry has got its own technical jargons which sometimes cannot be replaced or substituted, but care should be taken to ensure that you don’t include a lot of jargons or non-popular words in the learning module. Make the voiceover script more easy for the listeners, remember the objective of the voice over script is to act as the aid in helping learners and not to create confusions.
A tip here is to understand your target audience first and use the words or sentences which they can easily understand and relate to.
Tip 8–Do a test round
Before the final recording session starts, it is always important to do a test round. After making all the necessary changes in the voiceover script, the final script can go for a test round to check once again and see if it rightly fits all the parameters and are good to go. This is a mandatory quality check which can be conducted