Corporate learning and development have become necessary elements for effective onboarding, improving employee performance and continued professional development, consistency among employees, standards for productivity, safety and quality, employee retainment, and a positive company reputation. One of the key elements in any corporate learning program to ensure employee success is creating engaging content that is easy to access.

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Speech-enabling as a Key Element of Corporate Learning Course Design

Over the past several years, there has been a growing desire within businesses to make learning solutions more relevant to the workplace with the most efficient delivery process. 

Instructional design has become critically important in order to ensure individuals are able to digest and retain material in an effective manner. Whether redesigning corporate learning courses, developing entire courses or curriculums, or creating training materials, content must be engaging or knowledge retention will suffer. The consequence of poorly onboarded and trained employees can result in subpar performance, attrition, regulatory and legal consequences, safety hazards, and lack of employee development – to name a few. 

Two team members discussing a project while reading and listening to an iPad

Text-to-speech technology represents a tremendous opportunity for text-intensive corporate learning content to become more engaging as well as consumable for employees who have learning disabilities, are learning in a second language, or are always on the go, multi-tasking, and pressed for time. Text to speech is used widely within higher education and learning management systems where it’s imperative to offer learners with bimodal delivery of content. 

The same can be applied to a corporate learning environment. Not only has text to speech been shown to increase comprehension and retention of material, it also meets the needs of and reaches a larger percentage of learners, such as those with visual impairments, cognitive or reading difficulties, and non-native speakers of the language, who would benefit from having content read aloud. 

69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding.

 (Ganzel, 1998)

How to Use Text to Speech in Corporate Learning Course Design

When using text to speech in course design, companies should consider:

  • Multilingual material – learning content should be accessible to global learners and to those who do not speak the language fluently. Employees should have access to tools to translate text into their native language or produce audio in multiple languages 
  • Dynamic content – solutions should be able to to quickly and efficiently speech enable content that is constantly changing, on the fly
  • On-demand voice – it should be easy and cost-effective to add and update voice for a presentation, training manual, or learning course instead of using costly and time-intensive human actors
  • Multiple Voices – multiple voices, both male and female, and with differing accents, serve the unique needs of a varying audience 
  • Script testing – allowing to test scripts before they go into production allows for cost and resource efficiencies
  • Customer-specific pronunciation dictionaries – are important for industry specific vocabulary
  • Control of the reading area and reading order – gives companies flexibility to present their content as required 
  • Fine-tuning – corrects pronunciation issues, especially in industries with specific vocabulary and terminology
  • Audio streaming – increases portability by allowing employees to listen to content or download it via an MP3 file
  • Comprehensive and flexible delivery – through the cloud or embedded into applications, devices, or solutions for both online and offline needs
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With the latest text to speech tools, employers can help to make content more engaging and easier to access while helping to ensure employees understand and retain training and learning material.

Read our White Paper Boost Corporate Learning Success with Text to Speech to learn how ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech solutions can increase the success of your corporate learning program.

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