As a developer of asynchronous web-based courses at a leading health care provider, I develop courses both with, and without, audio narration. My work group’s rationale behind whether to include narration in a course varies. For example, we may use audio narration when we think that a course is especially important, complex, lengthy, or potentially boring based on the subject matter. These are generalizations, of course. But it makes me wonder: when should a course developer use audio narration?
What do you think?