With the emergence of new technologies and devices coming on the market on a regular basis, a major challenge for e-learning professionals is to keep content (graphics, audios, interactive content and videos) up-to- date so that it makes use of the newest features and allows the product to be competitive on the market.
The online learning industry has grown significantly over the past few years. Fueled by technology advancements, it has changed the way we perceive education in general. Student engagement and learning outcomes have become key points of interest in all types of online learning. The digital era has brought many tools that now allow for a more collaborative kind of classroom. A good example of this is the increasingly popular tendency to “flip a classroom.”
Studies have shown that in instructor-based courses, note-taking promotes learning. Some authors even suggest that this skill is a prerequisite for effective acquisition of knowledge (Bauer & Koedinger, 2006; Kauffman, Zhao, & Yang, 2011). The same benefits have been found in online environments, although there are certain advantages and disadvantages specific to virtual spaces.
It’s official. People like bullet points. At least that’s how I explain the popularity of last month’s article Talk This Way: Tips to Recording Good Quality Audio Narration. (Either that or something to do with the content.) Speaking of content, you may recall that one of the tips included on the list referred to the importance of writing a good, conversational script for your audio narration.
“And remember, honey: if you’ve got it, flaunt it!” my aunt would chirp enthusiastically at me during just about every family event throughout my teens and early twenties. Although this mantra worked on occasion, it pretty much flopped years later when I did my first audio narrations for an online course. I quickly realized that just because I had a good clear speaking voice, this didn’t mean that it sounded good as digital audio.