How to Train Your Dragon

Dragon LogoAt the Exchange, we have a number of tools that can help you to create truly exceptional eLearning content.  I’d like to share one of the latest additions to our suite of tools, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and in particular talk about training Dragon.

Dragon, simply speaking, is a tool that converts your voice into text.  This is particularly helpful when you endeavor to take your beautifully crafted interactive eLearning content and make it ADA compliant.  Typically creating captions for your content means hand transcribing what you’ve said.  What this often results in is faculty simply overlooking this part of content creation.  But this not only isn’t in compliance, it prevents the wonder of your content from being shared with all interested learners.

Luckily, our recording studio now has Dragon Naturally Speaking installed for both PC and Mac.  Here’s a great workflow for utilizing this invaluable tool.

dragin training1.  Train Dragon to recognize your voice.

It takes about five minutes to create your voice profile in Dragon.  All you have to do is read a short passage to Dragon, sort of like reading Dragon a bedtime story.  Once it has collected enough information it’ll let you know you can stop reading to it.

2.  Have Dragon transcribe the recordings that you’ve already done.

Now that Dragon recognizes the sound of your voice, you can ask Dragon to tell you what you said by transcribing an audio recording.  FYI – It can also take dictation.  This can be helpful when planning your script to begin with, especially if you are a better speaker than you are a typer.

3.  Clean up the transcription.

It should be very close, but you’ll want to double-check the transcription for any great misquotes like, “Salmonella got your PowerPoint, and so we just whatever, Argenta” or “Vista is now in Georgia state the all of the universe is George so or primarily all.”  Misquotes do happen, but training Dragon (see step 2) can cut down on their occurrence.

4.  Add the captions to your project.

Most eLearning content creation tools, like Camtasia and Captivate, have an option to add captions.  You’ll probably have to copy and paste as well as adjust timings, but think of the work you’ve saved yourself by having Dragon transcribe your voice.

Happy transcribing!


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Explorer by Daniel Turner from The Noun Project

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3 comments on “How to Train Your Dragon
  1. emmasmit says:

    ank you so much for this. I was into this issue and tired to tinker around to check if its possible but couldnt get it done. Now that i have s een the way you did it, thanks guys

  2. Frank says:

    Thank you for this post, very interesting.

    Frank from

  3. TellPopeyes Survey says:

    Thanks for the update and quick reply. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on this thread.

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