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Using Audio in Tech-Enabled Teaching

By Jessica O’Reilly, Instructional Developer, Teaching & Learning Innovation Hub

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There are many benefits to using audio in online, hybrid, and HyFlex deliveries. In the short video below, I describe some of the advantages of combining audio with text, and show you a few examples of how I’ve incorporated audio into one of my online deliveries.

Using Audio in Tech-Enabled Teaching

If I’ve convinced you of the merits of recording audio, and you’d like to give it a try, this next video offers up a very brief crash-course on how to get started recording audio using a free program called Audacity.

You can also check out the resources we have available through the Hub Studio, including a Hub Quick Tips document on “How to Produce Professional-Sounding Audio Files”.

Audacity is not a standard software program at Cambrian, so if you want to download it onto your work computer, you’ll need to put in a request with IT. Fortunately, IT has run all of the security checks on the program and it’s been authorized for downloading. If you’d like to download Audacity on your home computer, you can do so here.

We also have Audacity available to you in the Hub, along with quality microphones and a quiet recording space. Come downstairs and we’ll get you started. If you’d like a little bit more support, please book an appointment to have a Hub team member walk you through the process.

Using Audacity to Create Audio

I’m always happy to discuss your tech-enabled pedagogy, to brainstorm ideas with you, and to help you connect theory to your practise. I’d also love to hear about the creative ways that you’re already using audio to augment your course offerings. Please don’t hestitate to schedule a consultation.

Jessica O'Reilly
Instructional Developer

(705) 566-8101 x 6395

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