• Keith Mackenzie

The Rise in Remote Learning

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

In recent years, we have seen technology change the process of learning. No longer do courses, lectures or seminars have to be carried out in a face to face environment; indeed, remote learning is now seen as quite normal.

Instructors and learners both have access to a hatful of digital technologies; from mobiles to virtual learning systems, online courses to digital textbooks. There is very little nowadays which cannot be digested away from the school, university or the office.

What is causing the growth in e-learning?

Well, in addition to the continued growth in the use of technologies, many businesses now understand e-learning to be a much more cost-effective way of delivering training to a wider number of staff than the traditional classroom model. There can be some additional benefits for the learner too as they progress at a pace and time that suits them, in an environment that may be more conducive to their individual learning.

And, right now of course, we are seeing a spike in the demand for e-learning due to more people working from home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The ‘on-boarding’ process for new staff is also being done more remotely; gone, for now, are the days of packing all your company new-starts into a training room for their induction training! Social distancing is going to make this a difficult thing to return to any time soon, so businesses need to find alternative ways of delivering staff training, courses and updates, and e-learning can be part of that solution.

Why should e-Learning have a Voiceover?

One of the main challenges of remote learning, whether it be e-learning, tutorials or training videos, is that they have to be delivered in an engaging way without the benefit of a real life ‘in the flesh’ trainer.

Even with fantastic content, music and strong visuals, e-learning can sometimes feel long and dry. The goal is to retain the viewer’s attention all the way through, and adding a voiceover can be one of the best and most effective ways to deliver a great educational experience for the learner. A human voice naturally lends a deeper connection to the learning process, and can lend authority, re-assurance, trust and confidence to the message.

Should I voice this myself or hire a professional voiceover?

This may depend upon the nature and length of the learning. There are certainly instances where internal staff would be very capable of delivering these key messages.

However, a professionally trained voiceover is not only able to interpret scripts, but importantly knows how to keep a listener’s attention all the way through. Their skill is in being able to bring the right pace, pitch, prosody, intonation, expression, emphasis, colour and warmth to the content. They will spend time with you understanding what style of delivery your project needs, for example it could be relaxed and conversational, or at the other end of the spectrum, formal and business-like.

Most voiceovers work from their own professionally equipped recording studio, and this means they can deliver high quality audio files straight to you. Many can also edit and clean up the files so they are ready to place straight into your e-learning project.

And not forgetting that a great voiceover will reflect positively on your company and brand, and re-inforce the professional image that you would want.

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