In Learning Circuits,
The Auditory Advantage
By Lenn Millbower
The abstract: E-learning often lacks instructionally designed audio. And yet history suggests audio is critical to success. Given a choice, people fled video-alone formats for audio-video combinations. Films and video games have created audio parameters applicable to e-learning. E-learning programs that establish emotionally warm environments through integrated audio will gain competitive advantage. Here’s how to enhance e-learning with sound.
I am such a zealot for visual learning, my heart leaped when I saw the title of this piece in Learning Circuits. Another arrow in the meta-learning quiver?
Of course audio is important. eLearning without sound can be unbearable.
Unfortunately, this article covers only music. It describes the importance of the live music to silent films. Which leads me to wonder, What about the talkies? What other ways can sound increase the effectiveness of learning?
Back in the days of CD-ROM training, everyone had sound. After all, it helps keep the multi- in multimedia.
Every developer seemed to miss one element in their soundtracks: ambience noise. The working environment is not as quiet as an isolation tank or the middle of the forest. Most eLearning featuring dialog would be well served to put a few barking dogs or distant sirens or modem squeals in the background. It would make things less sterile and more real.
I wonder who is studying this stuff?
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