Hello DevLearn 2014 Attendee!
I’m really excited to be presenting at this year’s DevLearn in my session (515) B.Y.O.L.: Combining Audio Design and Storytelling for Compelling eLearning! I’ll be demistifying how to combine sound and story to create powerful experiences for your learners. Instead of doing a deep dive into these (potentially) complex topics, I’m going to focus on simple techniques you can apply to your elearning as soon as you get back to work.
This session is targeted for those new to elearning, intimidated by the idea of recording audio, or just looking to take a “click-and-read” course to the next level.
If you’d like to follow along with the demonstration, make sure you do the following things before you arrive:
- Bring your own laptop (that’s what the B.Y.O.L stands for)
- Install Audacity (see the instructions below)
- Click here to download the sample audio files (so you can follow along)
- Pack some earbuds or headphones (just in case I’m boring – also so we don’t turn the room into a cacophonous hellpit)
If you don’t want the hassle of bringing your laptop to Vegas, you can still attend! I have job aids and other resources (such as the slidedeck, handy links, etc) below so you can reference these techniques when you’re back home.
You’re welcome to email me at willchinda [at] gmail [dot] com or @reply me on Twitter – @willchinda with any questions you have about installation or the session itself.
See you in Vegas!
Audacity is a completely free application that runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It’s a very powerful little program for recording and editing audio, and we’ll be working with it in this session. Download Audacity from this link: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Once you’ve downloaded, simply open the file and follow-through with installation.
- Sample audio files
- Guide to Using Audacity – this is a comprehensive guide to all the techniques (and more) that I demonstrate in the session
- Guide to Searching FMA and Soundcloud for Creative Commons Content
- Slidedeck (PDF)
Links and Resources
- Audacity’s Help and Documentation
- Clark Quinn’s post on Setting Story
- Julie Dirksen’s presentation on Narrative Strategies for Learning
- Cammy Bean’s presentation on Avoiding “Clicky-Clicky Bling-Bling”
- Tom Johnson’s series on Voiceover Techniques
- Tom Kuhlmann’s Tips for Recording Narration Like the Pros
- The Articulate Community’s tips for E-Learning Audio and Recording
- Interview with the Sound Designers of The Walking Dead
- Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen
- Guide to E-Learning by Michael Allen
- Resonate by Nancy Duarte