Music As Motivator?

An audio track can sometimes, but not always, contribute to a truly immersive e-learning experience, according to Tom Kuhlmann, who hosts the Rapid E-learning Blog.

“What you might apply to a static page with text and narration isn’t going to be the same for a much more interactive activity where retention is more critical,” Kuhlmann writes.

Here are three of his more interesting observations:

>> Ambient audio contributes to an immersive experience. The proper use of audio and visual design can contribute to creating the right type of situation and context.

>> Background audio can create emotional cues. The sound track of “Jaws” in some ways acted as a narrator. The music kept us at the edge of our seats. There’s no reason why e-learning courses can’t employ a similar use of background audio to provide some emotional cues and hooks.

>> Music can contribute to changed behavior. There are some studies that suggest certain types of music at set beats per minute can influence how the brain receives information.

Kuhlmann has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in the training industry and currently runs the community at Articulate. His blog is available at www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning.

An audio track can sometimes, but not always, contribute to a truly immersive e-learning experience, according to Tom Kuhlmann, who hosts the Rapid E-learning Blog.

“What you might apply to a static page with text and narration isn’t going to be the same for a much more interactive activity where retention is more critical,” Kuhlmann writes.

Here are three of his more interesting observations:

>> Ambient audio contributes to an immersive experience. The proper use of audio and visual design can contribute to creating the right type of situation and context.

>> Background audio can create emotional cues. The sound track of “Jaws” in some ways acted as a narrator. The music kept us at the edge of our seats. There’s no reason why e-learning courses can’t employ a similar use of background audio to provide some emotional cues and hooks.

>> Music can contribute to changed behavior. There are some studies that suggest certain types of music at set beats per minute can influence how the brain receives information.

Kuhlmann has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in the training industry and currently runs the community at Articulate. His blog is available at www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning.

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