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March 4, 2011 / dlitgroup

Stephen Barton – Creating Engaging Audio Content in Blackboard

Stephen Barton is a Professor in the Music Department at GRCC.

Creating Engaging Audio Content

As a faculty member in the Music Department, I am always looking for ways in which my students can access content outside of class.  Because my discipline requires the use of audio, having access to tools in Blackboard that provide more than just “text” is very beneficial.  This is where the Wimba Voice Tools come in.

I can easily create and deliver audio based content that helps the material come alive and also contributes to greater understanding!

I use Wimba Voice Tools to explain music examples that I place on Blackboard for my students to hear. Sometimes, especially for classical music examples, students can get a bit lost as they are listening. Using Wimba Tools allows me to discuss the pieces before the students listen to them on Blackboard. I have found this to be more effective than the listening guides which are sometimes provided in the textbook which student must read before they listen to the music. Having an audio voice to explain the music seems to be more effective than trying to understand the written listening guides for many of my students.


Are you interested in learning more about using Blackboard to add audio content? If so, check out these tutorials:

How to add audio and voice content in Blackboard

More training opportunities are available through the Center for Teaching Excellence.


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