When someone hears the word e-Learning (or eLearning), often they only assume it's something like online learning for school. Perhaps traditionally it would evoke the idea of online college courses, but nowadays it also brings to mind any remote learning for school. But in reality, e-Learning covers many different things, and has become a major aspect of our modern world. The “e,” obviously, stands for “electronic,” much like with email. It is this association which leads people to assume it's only something to do with online learning. However e-Learning reaches beyond just distance learning through things like Zoom, and can include pre-made courses which use voice acting in a variety of ways. This is called asynchronous e-Learning, whereas real-time distance learning where an instructor is interacting with you live is called synchronous e-Learning.
Among some of the most common types of asynchronous e-Learning are training courses for jobs. For instance, if your new job requires you to get certified in something, or if there are specific safety measures that you need to learn before you're allowed to start, you may have to take a series of e-Learning courses as part of your required training. Some places may simply have a series of courses as part of your orientation that explain basic procedures or even just the history of the company. Not to mention that many companies have mandatory courses on things like sexual harassment and anti-discrimination policies. The vast majority of all of these courses will have some type of voice over work, be it narration in videos or auditory accompaniment to slides for those who learn best by listening.
But e-Learning can be found in other areas outside of work. Language courses on the computer or through mobile apps are a type of asynchronous e-Learning. Aside from narration, they may also include voice actors having scripted conversations to help the student hone their new skills. You can even find programs on devices like the Google Home or Amazon Alexa to teach you languages, with voice actors clearly saying phrases at a pace that novice speakers in that language can follow and understand.
Companies may sometimes even use a type of e-Learning to help introduce customers to a new policy or procedure. They'll send out a video via email to their customers which walks them through the changes. Sure, the customers aren't going to be tested on the material, but it's still an instructional video serving to teach them something new. Similarly, some software comes with tutorial videos to help introduce you to all the features and how they function.
In our digital world, asynchronous e-Learning has become so commonplace that many folks might not even realize how often they engage with it. Because of this, the e-Learning industry is constantly growing with the increasing demand. Just as our ever-evolving technology has brought on an increase in e-Learning, it has also metaphorically shrunken the world, with many businesses needing to release their e-Learning in multiple languages due to their global reach. Even the local companies that send out instructional videos to their customers may want to provide those videos narrated in a few languages, depending on the common demographics of their region. And of course it goes without saying that language learning programs need native speakers of a variety of languages, but those lists of languages are also growing with demands.
This is why a service like FlyVoiceovers can be a necessity for companies producing e-Learning courses, as it has a wealth of talent from all over the world, providing native speakers in a wide variety of languages. Finding all the talent you need in one spot saves valuable time, and allows for the simultaneous release of courses promptly. FlyVoiceovers and our talent are experienced in dealing with various forms of e-Learning, and can make the process of finding the right voices efficient and easy, no instructional video necessary.