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Chat with us on our QA Chat Hangout!




What is Quality Assurance (QA)?

QA is the final step in the process of creating an audiobook. In a nutshell, it means playing our books back just like our students will, and checking for anything that interferes with an enjoyable reading experience.  Some of the things we test for:
  • Navigation. Can the reader move through the book easily and get where they need to go? Is the structure of the book sound?
  • Synchronization. Our finished books feature audio that is synchronized to match up with highlighted text on the screen, with the highlighting "following" the voice as the book progresses. So it's important we check to make sure everything stays "in sync."
  • Typographical errors or other problems with the text. Obviously, this one can be a real distraction!
  • Performance. Is the narrator creating an engaging listening experience for our students? 


Interested in helping out with this? Click the Getting Started menu item under QA above! 




A Happy Reminder: Why Do We Review?


Because our students deserve the very best! Knowing some of the incredible hurdles our students have overcome to achieve their best means we're duty-bound to do our best to help them succeed. Making sure our audiobooks support their education, and make them feel empowered as readers and learners, is our mission. That's why any errors, lackluster reads, audio problems, or any other distracting issues are a big deal.
Listen like you imagine they would: if you are unhappy with the audiobook, chances our members will be too, so always report any problems that negatively affect the experience, no matter how minor. 

Here's proof of the impact Learning Ally can have on struggling students:

Questions, Concerns, Comments?   Feel free to contact us with the chat link above or via email:   

 

Kevin Ziegler, Digital Audio Coordinator, QA Lead – KZiegler@learningally.org 
Abigail Shaw, Production Coordinator, Catalog Review Lead – afShaw@LearningAlly.org
Alexis Bourbeau, Director Audio Book Quality – ABourbeau@learningally.org