Help! One of my team members just came back from an elearning conference...
I hope you're all well. So one of my team members went to an LMS-sponsored conference in Portland last week. He came back and is of the impression that all of our courses have to be narrated. I was pretty shocked to hear that, as narration seems to be the exception and not the norm when I see Storyline course examples. I can't imagine. We do have a lot of narrated content, but they're glorified voiced PowerPoint presentations. We have a couple scenario-based soft skills courses that are okay.
My concern is how do you narrate content from a 50-slide PPT presentation on grease, fuel additives, and filtration if you're not allowed to remove any content? I've only got so many pictures of tubes of grease and bypass filters, and they will get very boring after 30 seconds. I can only get my hands on so much video through istock. We came to the conclusion a while ago that our technical courses would have to be more static because they're very technical, more like an ebook or a brochure. I've worked very hard to use animation and classy color schemes to at least make it somewhat visually appealing.
I received some additional feedback: "Just approach them knowing that we will be using narration, even if the narration is the words on the screen. We want to involve as many senses as we can." This goes against everything I've ever learned. You don't read the text on the screen verbatim. PowerPoint 101.
Any thoughts would be very much appreciated!