Creating a page-by-page narration course
I am about to start a new course with page-by-page narration by the course instructor. I have never done this before, so I thought I will check with the community before I start to build the course. I have been reading a lot on Tom’s blogs about getting the right audio equipment, setting up the recording environment and such, but there are still a few things I am not quite sure about, so I’d like to get some support from this group.
For this course, I will be building it using Storyline. It will contain approximately 150 slides breaking up into 3 course modules (i.e. ~ 50 slides per module) The instructor already has all the slides built in Powerpoint, so I have the following questions:
1. Should the instructor use PowerPoint narration to record the audio, or should the instructor use Audacity? (Is Audacity easy to use for someone who is not technical?)
2. Should the audio be recorded for each slide, or should audio be recorded for a group of slides, or continuously for the whole module? Which way is easier to import into Storyline or to clean etc.? Should I cut up the recording by slides after it is being recorded before importing to Storyline?
3. If we create a sound file for each slide, does that mean there will be a longer loading time when learners flip from one slide to another? Alternatively, if audio is recorded as one big file for the whole module, does that mean the loading time will be very long when learners click on a learning module?
4. Are there any settings to deal with to make sure sound files are kept to minimal size before recording starts? I am just afraid that the sound files are way to big to handle after all recordings are done and have to re-record all over again.
Any responses and tips will be really helpful.