In reality, learning content and skills development will often be integrated in any learning process. Nevertheless, when deciding on technology use, it is useful to make a distinction between content and skills. –Teaching in a Digital Age, Tony Bates
As I pondered this weeks readings along side my impending group project as well as my final reflection, there are many questions swirling around in my head about what the most appropriate tool for the jobs are. Additionally, it is important to consider the things I am trying to convey, and what I will need to learn to effectively utilize the tool(s) I choose and to develop the content I require.
Some other things I had to consider when I was choosing the tool this week, was what would I do if I was creating an online course in a low bandwidth situation? I did some reading, and I found this article, which seemed to indicate that an audio file requires less bandwidth than video. This was something I hadn’t previously thought about but does seem like a good option if there are issues (I’m thinking for rural areas) with the bandwidth availability.
I found Audacity and assumed it was for creating pod-casts. Pod-casts have never appealed to me before, I understand the concept, but I guess for me as a listener, radio has always been sufficient. As a creator, I’ve always thought “Why make a recording, when I could make a video?” Now I see that there are logical applications for pod-casts. That being said, Audacity can be used for so much more… it is a audio editing platform that has applications in education, music, as well as pod casts (and probably many more things I haven’t considered).
For this reason, deeper understanding of a concept or an idea is often the result of the integration of content derived from a variety of media sources (Mayer, 2009). Teaching in a Digital Age, Tony Bates
Although I used to turn my back on Audio creation formats, I can now see that for course creation, there is definitely a place to include such things. As well, if we are considering this from a student-developed thing, it would be user friendly, and give them another outlet to create and learn within.
As I mentioned in my recording, there are countless how to videos available online to teach all of the specific ranges of this tool (and I would argue their production quality is much better than mine!) Have a watch, and see how easy this tool is to use: