Best Practices for Voice-Over

Studio microphone and pop shield on mic stand

If you are designing and developing eLearning, you are most likely going to need voice-over work. As psychologist Richard Mayer points out in his book, Multimedia Learning, combining narration with visuals will help to increase learning and long-term retention of content.

Here are some key principles related to creating multimedia content that Mayer shares:

Redundancy Principle – People learn better from graphics and narration than from graphics, narration, and on-screen text.Modality Principle – People learn better from graphics and narrations than from animation and on-screen text.Multimedia Principle – People learn better from words and pictures than from words alone.Personalization Principle – People learn better from multimedia lessons when words are in conversational style rather than formal style.
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