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Audio 101: Audio Essentials for eLearning

Audio 101: Audio Essentials for eLearning

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If you are an eLearning developer, trainer, or instructional designer, this live, hands-on, online class is your first step toward your goal of creating high quality audio for eLearning. 

This class begins with basic audio recording concepts and terms. Then you’ll learn dos and don’ts when selecting audio hardware and software for recording voiceover and narration common in eLearning courses. General types of audio recording devices are demonstrated, reviewed, and discussed in terms of the pros and cons of each product type. You will learn when it is best to use a recording device rather than recording audio directly in your eLearning tool of choice. It doesn’t matter if you use Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, or Lectora, the concepts you will learn are valid in all of the top eLearning tools on the market today. 

This course includes an interactive demonstration of equipment setup, which will help you tailor your equipment kit and recording settings to deliver the best results for your project. The instructor will present practical tips and techniques for microphone placement and script management that maximize talent productivity.

During class, your questions about equipment setup are handled through a live video feed from the instructor's studio so you can see and hear specific answers. If you don't have access to a professional recording studio (and few of us do), the course will teach you how to adapt your office, conference room, cube or closet to be an appropriate recording environment.

During class, you will have an opportunity to record your own audio. Afterwards, you will work with the instructor and learn how to edit and correct minor recording mistakes using off-the-shelf audio editing software.

Who Should Attend?

  • Those interested in breaking into the eLearning field 
  • New eLearning developers 
  • Instructional designers 
  • Content creators

Where is this class held?

This is a live, online class led by a field expert; and just like an in-person class, it is fully interactive and engaging. The difference between an online and onsite class? No travel! You can participate from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Many of our students choose to stay home from work on these training days, some never even changing out of their slippers! Where applicable, students are able to speak with and hear from the instructor and other participants throughout the course as they work in real-time to complete activities.

Need something a little more personal?

We understand your team might have specific training needs and we would love to work with you. We offer both online and on-site instructor-led, fully customizeable courses tailored to your training needs. 

Email us so we can discuss your needs and set up your custom training »

In This Class We'll Cover:

  • Learn to apply basic recording concepts and terms to common recording equipment and software
  • Choose the right microphone for narration and voice-over
  • Select appropriate recording equipment for your application and budget 
  • Setup your equipment for maximum quality and talent productivity
  • Understand the key differences between recording devices and make the best choice for your project
  • Build a simple studio in your office or home with simple, inexpensive techniques


About Your Instructor

Jeff Harris is founder and CEO of SkillQ, Inc. He has led eLearning and multimedia development teams for over 20 years to create content that features an innovative fusion of video, motion graphics and instructional design.  Jeff's unique design, media and technology experience enable his clients to build solutions that integrate content, delivery channels and learning management.  Prior to founding SkillQ, Jeff led the eLearning design and development team at Home Depot, where he pioneered the use of 3D modeling and vector animation techniques in eLearning design.  Jeff is a regular speaker and instructor at national training development conferences and live online learning venues.  He is a Board Member of the Emerald Coast Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).  Jeff is a graduate of Florida State University.

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I thought all the information was useful. Presentation flowed well. I did really appreciate seeing all of the preferences and different areas to modify format.
Louanne Dukes