Ask a group of course designers how to make e-learning more engaging and you’ll get plenty of suggestions for using images, videos, and animations more effectively. The visuals and interactive elements are really good places to start. But there’s another element that’s often overlooked: audio.
E-learning audio is more than voice-over narration. Audio includes audio interviews, ambient sounds, natural sound effects, and background music. Used effectively, these can help draw in learners, focus their attention, and fuel their imaginations. And that's what this week's challenge is all about!
Gamification Using Ambient Sounds
Here's a good use of ambient sound effects to pull learners into a dark, mysterious cave.
This example uses background music combined with button effects and audience “oohs” and “aahs” help simulate a game show quiz.
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to share an example that uses ambient sounds or background music in e-learning.
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you turn up the volume on this week's challenge, check out the interactive soccer examples your fellow challengers shared over the past week:
Wishing you a great week, E-Learning Heroes!
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The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.