Narration for online training
When planning the development of your online training materials, one consideration is whether to include audio narration. Your decision as to whether to add narration or not will come down to a range of reasons, such as cost/time considerations, the content matter and the audience.
Accessibility and diversity
Providing the option to hear your content is beneficial for a range of people, and will help to improve learning outcomes for many people. For example, I recently completed a large project for a government department; they had identified that 52% of their audience has low literacy and numeracy capacity (unable to read to a functional level), so we included narration to ensure that all training participants benefited from the training.
Literacy and numeracy capacity is influenced by many factors, including the training not being delivered in the person’s primary language, low levels of education, learning disabilities or vision loss.
Also consider how your learners will access the training materials. Will they have access to audio functionality? Have you prepared them for the need for audio or instructed them on their options to use audio?
We all learn differently and we have personal preferences as to how we taking in knowledge and content.
An auditory learner is someone who learns most effectively by listening. They are more likely to prefer and learn better by listening to information, rather than reading.
By including narration to your online training materials, you are increasing the knowledge retention and engagement of auditory learners.
Audio narration example
Click on this video to view an example of WUZZOO training, with audio narration included: