How Audio Effects Learning In Online Classes

Audio Skills In Online Classes shares some of the helpful information on how audio features of online courses can be mastered and even improve your audio skills.


Hello there! You are currently signed up for an online college course. You’ve done some of the homework and there’s more to come, but how do you apply your knowledge when you’re not in the classroom? How do you learn without the distractions of lectures and instructors? I find many people who hesitate to take online courses because they worry about the “too boring to listen to” aspect of online learning. I speak from experience. As a student, I struggled with going to online college classes and were often too intimidated by the videos to even try. It’s good to put these concerns aside and enjoy listening to inspiring content and interactive classes. I recommend learning audio effects as a way to enhance your learning experience.

When I interviewed professors for this article, I was astonished to hear them use electronic aids, audio aids, illustrations, and other audio enhancements in their online courses. What audio effects courses use can vary. Some make use of graphics, such as PPT and chalkboards. Others use word orthography like letters and numbers to help students understand what they are hearing. But some use audio features like ultrasonic sounds or oscillating sound to help students recall facts. I used these features in some of my online courses and found they were just as important as other elements. Here are some examples of how they can be used in your online learning experience:

While listening to a message on video in the classroom, try making note of what the speaker is saying. Did he/she say the same words over and over or was it a theme? Try grouping these similar snippets together in a file that you can refer to in future lectures. You can do this by recording the desired information into an audio file and immediately cueing up the files when you press “play” on the video.

Talk about your current courses or track over the speakers and listen for interesting things. For example, what are some of the places you are planning to study? Does he/she talk about astronomy or the Deep Space Network? If you hear a sentence about math or physics, stop and think about those topics. Then, write it down. Also, take note of any interesting student research, such as a paper on jet engines.

If the instructor allows you to write down the information you learn, do that. It is better to remember something than to forget it. This can be accomplished by listening to the message for 20-30 minutes and then transcribing it into a text file. If you do not know the name of the presenter, try to look it up on Google to find out what he/she said. This is an added bonus if you can memorize the information.

My favorite feature of this type of educational output is auditory hypertext. To use it, just raise your computer volume to medium loud and listen for the words that pop up. Not all of these hypertexts are in English, some are in other languages, but most are in English and will be recognizable. The reason for this is that English is the most-used language in the world. Therefore, hypertexts will often be in English and repeat some English words. Also, if the original hypertext was in English, the syllabus used to fill out the hypertext will be English. If there is a translation in the article, the translation will also be in English.

This feature can be particularly useful in discussions because you can hear the translation and discuss it together.

Subscribe to EDUCAUSE’s EDU Audible Portal to download audio files free!

For more information, check out the electronic resources from EDUCAUSE or the audio assets from UMass.

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