To help increase learner retention, narrating eLearning material requires awareness and a strategy. Who are the target learners? What are their learning goals? For years, Kim has used these following practices to engage her clients’ audience, and tie together all other program elements with a clear, precise, and very relatable tone.
Pacing and Tone
In a voice over for a learning program, coherent messages are relayed successfully through a steady, present tone, gradual enough to allow for lessons to sink in, but swift enough to hold attention. Attention to smooth transitions makes the info easier to follow.
Style and Role
The role of the narrator is changing in eLearning. A robotic, professorial style is requested less and new narrator characters, the quirky hipster, the genuine friend, the engaged peer, the conversational manager are more popular. These choices bring new life to the genre. And always the focus is one-to-one.
Emphasis on key takeaways
Purposely emphasizing certain words or phrases that are crucial to understanding the material makes for a memorable learning experience. Ah, but which ones? A facility with script and their analysis is crucial to deftly imparting the key takeaways in any learning program.
This may be where the acting comes in, especially if the program is a manual or technically dense, but being genuinely interested in the educational material being taught is critical to higher learner engagement, information retention and therefore, program success.