Preamble: With a large class it is impractical to insert comments by the UCDavis method – much too time consuming. Therefore do it the following way:
Recording (inserting) comments:
load file to be commented upon (which students may have made using vocaroo.com for example, and sent to you as a link) into Audacity
set preferences/Recording/Playthrough to “Overdub”
when you want to make a comment, make it.
don’t use ‘save’ but rather use ‘export multiple’. This will create several files that can later be gathered together to recreate the original. Choose the .ogg or .mp3 format to get smallish files easy to send.
Listening to inserted comments:
load file with comments (see method below under “Drawbacks 3.)
listen while watching the comment track.
when you see a comment is coming up, MUTE the student’s voicetrack, then unmute it after you’ve heard the comment. e. alternatively, just play the comment track, muting the students’ track altogether.
Student can use the same method to ask questions of the teacher by inserting them.
You can caption your files using labels:
Here are two ways to get the commented audio file back to the student, one with labels, the other without.
Teacher must save using ‘export multiple’, then the student must use ‘import’ to get the second (teacher) file into the same instance of audacity as the student file.
If two errors are close together, the second one is likely to be skipped.
The volume level of one or the other track must be adjusted.
Change tempo (reduce by 25-30%) to give time for teacher to insert comments into the brief pauses the student naturally makes when speaking, and for the student on listening to click ‘mute’ and after listening to make a third track with his attempt to correct his error or ask a question.
Update: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – Vance Stevens gave a presentation entitled Learner-centered do-it-yourself LMS at the 6th eLearning in Action conference held at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
Sign on to the Nng and it becomes your conference, as shown in the screenshot below. Nellie Deutsch organizes this conference. Vance Stevens is a mere participant, enjoying the event as it coincides with our weekly Learning2gether
This Sunday, Vance again plans to be available to people in the Multiliteracies (or any other) EVO Session to discuss any aspect of these events and what we and especially you are trying to accomplish here. Perhaps Multiliteracies participants will come online to show us their Me-Portfolios
Vance will be available before noon GMT and will remain online at least until 16:00 GMT.
Noon GMT is when the CO12 conference starts Feb 5 (and for the next 11 hours)
Tuba Angay plans to come online at 14:00 GMT to talk about Multiliteracies