This tutorial is intended to teach foreign language teachers how to use audacity to create and edit sound files. It provides instructions on audacity in a modular, multimedia format. Although intended for foreign language teachers, the tutorial can be useful for anyone using audacity to make recordings.
Type of Material:
Program emphasizes use with language courses, but it is valuable for anyone who wants to create audio files. Files can easily be converted to mp3 files for podcasting.
Could also be given to help students learn how to record. They could easily complete audio recordings as assignments.
Internet access, flash player, Audacity (download is available in tutorial).
Identify Major Learning Goals:
At the end of this module, users should be able to use the interface, recording, edit, tempo, and exporting features of Audacity.
Target Student Population:
Middle or high school students; higher education; faculty
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This is a very well done tutorial with easy to follow menus and sufficient explanation. The videos are well done and the information is organized both on screen. The menu on the left provides users with the opportunity to stop and return to the video where they left off. It is "chunked" into logical learning modules.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This module is easy to follow and the fact that a student is presenting it is great.
Although the tutorial is very well done, there are not practice exercises or any way to measure learning. However, this module could be put into another lesson where the assessments are built.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The videos are clear, the pace and tempo is slow, the language is simple and easy to understand, and the sections of the module are clear labeled and easy to access.
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