Audio tools enable users to create sound clips. These clips can be incorporated into other multimedia projects or set up as distinct, explanatory files. Head phones are necessary to hear the sound in on campus computer labs while microphones are needed for recording. Existing audio can be found in Existing Multimedia.
Audacity (accessible at UWEC)
Audacity is a free software download that was developed as a multilingual audio recorder and editor. Audacity can be used to record audio with a microphone, import and edit sound files, convert tapes and records into digital recordings, splice and mix sounds, and much more.
What can I do with it?
- Record a brief introduction to the weekly topic or chapter
- Record feedback for the entire class from the latest discussion activity or homework assignment
- Record an introduction of yourself and/or the course. You can even use a screen capture tool to then sync the audio up with still images.
- Post an audio recording in a D2L course to provide feedback, introduce new topics, or comment on current events
Where is it? http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
For a Tutorial of Audacity
In Word, audio is enabled with the activation and use of the Microsoft "Insert Voice" tool. In the 2007 version , a user must activate the "Insert Voice" tool by clicking the "Office Button" >> opening "Word Options" >> selecting "Customize" >> selecting "All Commands" from the dropdown menu >> selecting the "Insert Voice" tool >> and clicking the "Add" button to move this tool to the "Quick Access Toolbar." Click "OK" when you are finished. Enabling this tool will display a "Developer" tab and allows a user to add 60 second audio clips to a document and gives the user the ability to pause and resume recording.
In PowerPoint, the user does not need to enable a tab but can record narration to a PowerPoint slideshow by opening the "Slideshow" tab >> and clicking "Record Narration."
What can I do with it?
- Record feedback for the entire class from the latest discussion activity or homework assignment.
- Record an audio file that offers an explanation of a complex concept.
- Record audio files to accompany unit overviews. Students can use these files to review class material.
Where is it? From a UWEC computer, "Start Menu" >> "All Programs" >> "Microsoft Applications"