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Top 5 Benefits of Text-to-Speech for e-Learning

The days of traditional learning with just a pencil and notebook are slowly phasing out. Meanwhile, there are countless learning materials and techniques available outside the classroom, from the comfort of one’s home. More and more companies and educational institutions all over the world are riding the wave of technology and adapting their teaching strategy to those who prefer alternative methods of learning, such as e-Learning.

But what can educators and instructors do to make their learning curriculum engaging but also educational? By introducing Text to Speech, e-Learning is enhanced in numerous ways with audio and narration integrated in e-Learning courses and material across all platforms.

Top 5: Benefits of Text to Speech for e-Learning. Graphic of self study on computer and tablet.

Here is a list of the Top Five benefits of using Text to Speech in e-Learning.

1. Online/Cloud Hosted Courses

Hiring and paying instructors to teach courses in a physical classroom is how most people in the world receive their education. Although some prefer this traditional method of learning, many people are adopting the virtual platform instead. By storing course material readily available on the internet or via Learning Management Systems (LMS), students or new employees are able to focus on what really matters – learning. Notably, online course material can be assimilated with text-to-speech audio. Thus, instructors can quickly upload scripts to slides, lectures, and easily add narration to them, without the need to record their own voice. 17zuoye, one of the largest Chinese e-Learning platforms, allows educators to create personalized content to students with dynamic Text to Speech. Adobe incorporates text-to-speech functionality for creating e-Learning modules, on their award winning Adobe Captivate program.

2. Comprehension Practice

Learning how a word or phrase is used in a sentence is important for reading comprehension purposes. There are many minor adjustments of tone, inflection, and speed to properly understand the right context. Luckily, Text to Speech offers a way to listen to how words are spoken in their natural structure and following it is easier through audio playback. Cram.com is a website that hosts millions of online flashcards that can be heard with Text to Speech for enhanced learning.  

3. Increase Engagement

Gamification is the modern application of using game mechanics and elements to encourage learning as what it should be – fun. By designing learning like a video game, people are instantly enticed to play, without even realizing they are retaining information along the way. One example is implementing natural sounding text-to-speech voices to explain in-game instructions and skill-based challenges, thereby increasing student attention and engagement. LTS Education Systems utilizes Text to Speech in game-based learning to practice math, science, and literacy skills.   

4. Accessibility

For students with learning or physical disabilities, it can be tough to be motivated about learning. But now with accessibility options being required by the government through Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliance standards, learning content published on the internet must abide by these rules. Screen readers and other text-to-speech compatible tools can make learning an equal opportunity and enjoyable experience for those with disabilities. The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille works hard to make sure everyone has equal access to literature and information, including a huge selection of audio books.   

5. Foreign Language Study

Learning a new language can be quite the challenge. However, foreign language study can be self-taught with the right resources. The International Journal of Education and Information Studies claims that simply listening awakens awareness of the language as it is a receptive skill that first develops in a human being.  Text to Speech is ideal for listening and practicing proper pronunciation of various languages. These text-to-speech voice engines are typically developed using native language voice actors so it is easy to practice authentic accents and tendencies. Pleco is a mobile application that offers numerous learning tools and features for the Chinese language.

What do you think?

We hope you enjoyed our list of the top five benefits of using Text to Speech for e-Learning. Please let us know in the comments if you received any similar benefits using Text to Speech or know of other technological advances being implemented in e-Learning.

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