How Audio Can Improve Online Learning

As the methods for seamlessly including rich media assets in eLearning continue to improve, instructional designers are finding creative uses of audio and video to supplement their text-based courses. Audio-enhanced lessons help make the learning experience much more robust, functional, and accessible.

How Audio Enhances Instructional Design

Audio is a powerful way to convey information and subtext at the same time. In fact, a speaker’s voice can provide memorable cues that help students retaining and retrieving the information later. Other benefits of audio-enhanced lessons include:

Context through Vocal Inflection:

Even brilliantly written and artfully designed text and graphics may not be able to convey the essence of a concept or theory the same way spoken words can. (For example, if you’ve ever read a transcript and then watched that same interview, you know how how much context from body language and vocal inflection

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