Audio can be used in numerous academic contexts, from music and language instruction to archival recordings of lectures (we’ll take a look at a “field recording” example below). Making audio content available online can be an excellent way to reach students, who can listen from any location and at any time via the Internet. Students increasingly expect this content to be available to them, and, fortunately, the means of distribution are increasingly becoming easier to use.
Use it to provide audio supplements to your online environment.
- provide students with a study aid they can review after lecture
- enable students to review the lecture in preparation for discussion and debate
- demonstrate a task, procedure, or complex concept that would benefit from multimedia presentation and/or the ability to watch repeatedly
- use on an ongoing basis as a reference for students
Use it as a tool for students projects or assignments
- Have students create a podcast around course content. Listen to some student Podcasts from the University of Chicago Law School
- Assign students an audio reflection to improve metacognitive skills. Read more about creating an Audio Reflection assignment.