Amplify your teaching – DRAFT

Anyone ever publish a draft post before, CAUSE I JUST DID.

It was either that or not publish at all, and that is simply not an option this week. The following info was used as the outline for my mini lesson today in the Instructional Skills workshop. I did not use any visual aids, simply played the auditory fragments I have included below, and talked through them. Even though I have not completed this post, (poorly embedded media, incomplete notes, missing several pieces of the BOPPS!) its more my intention to get the links out there and move on. My over-arching mission here is to create some useful open learning resources out of the ISW experience and share them with #etmooc, but we will have to leave this one in DRAFT stage for now.  I have to publish it and start preparing for my next mini lesson tomorrow!

Start: To complete this lesson, please download the Soundcloud app from (from the app or play stores respectively), install it on your mobile device and make sure you have your account set up.


  • To listen to several different types of educational audio.
  • To record and share a short audio reflection from your mobile device.

Using recorded audio in the classroom is old as recorded audio itself. Educational uses of audio were  predicted to be amongst the primary uses of the phonograph intended by Edison in 1878.

Edisons top ten list

  1. Letter writing, and all kinds of dictation without the aid of a stenographer.
  2. Photographic books, which will speak to blind people without effort on their part.
  3. The teaching of elocution.
  4. Music-the phonograph will undoubtedly be liberally devoted to music.
  5. The family record; preserving the sayings, the voices, and the last words of the dying members of the family, as of great men.
  6. Music boxes, toys, etc. – A doll which may speak, sing, cry or laugh may be promised our children for the Christmas holidays ensuing.
  7. Clocks, that should announce in speech the hour of the day, call you to lunch, send your lover home at ten, etc.
  8. The preservation of language by reproduction of our Washingtons, our Lincolns, our Gladstones.
  9. Educational purposes; such as preserving the instructions of a teacher so that the pupil can refer to them at any moment; or learn spelling lessons.
  10. The perfection or advancement of the telephone’s art by the phonograph, making that instrument an auxiliary in the transmission of permanent records.

The audio test recaptured in this historical audio recording from 1927.
Thomas Edison Mary had lamb

Some reasons you might consider offering audio recordings to your students:

Recorded audio can be used in numerous academic contexts.

  • To provide students with a study aid they can review after lecture;
  • To enable students to review the lecture in preparation for discussion and debate;
  • To demonstrate a task, procedure, or complex concept that would benefit from multimedia presentation and/or the ability to watch repeatedly;
  • To use on an ongoing basis as a reference for students;
  • To free up class time for discussion. Making recorded lectures available before class meetings makes more time available for discussion and hands-on activities. In the classroom context, multimedia can be a powerful tool for helping students learn and retain complex ideas and phenomena.

These days, with the internet and an average computing device, recording and sharing audio has never been more accessible and possible, yet how often is it used in the classroom?

Typically, audio from lectures can be easily be recorded and distributed to students, as a means for those that missed the inclass lecture, or for the sakes of review. These audio clips can tend to be the full length of the lecture in some cases more than an hour in length. SFU has this service integrated into many of its lecture halls and is available to instructors by means of a checkbox.

Sample audio – “Lecture”

An eg from SFU podcasts.

SFU lecture

Modeling Social Phenomena –


Sample audio – “Pro” Lecture Media 112

In Storytelling: History 451 Audio was used to demonstrate a task or procedure.

DS106: Learning to Listen

DS106, the preeminent digital storytelling learning experience, is very comfortable with the medium of audio. One of many assignments and resources available from this community.

Activity: On a voluntary basis, please use the Soundcloud app you have installed on your deive, and record a short (30-60 second) reflection on audio in the class room. Tell a story about your experience LISTENING to learning, give me feedback on the lesson, the workshop, or just make something up. I will add it to the “Amplify your classroom” set on soundlcoud if you forward me your audio. 

Enter #etmooc

Tools of the trade
Tools of the Trade

Hello #etmooc-ers! Jason here, arriving fashionably late to the party, although I’ve doing my best to pop in on the synchronous sessions, stalk you on the  G+, & follow the #etmooc hash tag faithfully, this will be my first, in I hope a series of SEVERAL posts tagged ‘#etmooc’. As with many of us, I’m faced with the challenge of keeping up with the flow of the course and being an active contributor, on top of a busy work/life schedule etc. This week however I have the fortunate timing to be participating in an ISW (instructional skills workshop), and my plan is to repurpose my mini lessons as ‘open educational resources’, or blog posts as they are known to some. I should be extremely well versed in this process, but crazy as it sounds there seems to be so little time allowed for it.  I often advise others on improving their online teaching spaces, but tend to not take my own advise when it comes to the site you are reading from now. Time for a change!

The last time I got in here for a facelift was over TWO YEARS AGO, as I entered what would be an epic journey of learning in the ‘not a mooc‘ #ds106… course (?), and I have to say although the blogging has not taken off, I did manage to cobble together a decent foundation upon which to enrol in #etmooc, so much so I almost didn’t even need the first week orientation! (#ds106 foundation 4 life) For my introductory post on that journey, I used an auditory fragment from my past, edited together in Audacity and posted to soundcloud. The thought or ‘re-gifting’ that in this context did cross my mind, but instead I chose to use the visual above to illustrate the typical ‘tools of the trade’ I use in my role as ‘Interaction Specialist’ with the Teaching and Learning Centre at SFU. We have been going through some growing pains in recent years, but are now well on our way to re-visioning both the role of the centre and our place in it. Personally, I have taken the opportunity to embrace one of my passions, DRAWING and inspired by my awesome buddy, integrate that into an educational context through graphic facilitation/recording etc. The workplace has truly never been more exciting and rewarding with this burst of creativity, and acceptance that I need to draw to learn! And possibly teach as well, but we will see if I can push some boundaries this week.

Without getting into a long drawn out explanation of the graphic above “Tools of the Trade”, I’ll just say it was intended to present a set of capacities to my colleauges in the teaching center, who would be drawing (hehe) on them to enhance their projects with faculty. My experience in web development and educational technology have both emphasized the user experience in different ways, but in the end it always comes down to that, and the tools are only what you make of them, as I have heard said from time to time.

I wanted to shout out at this point to say that the #ETMOOC has been OUTSTANDING in the area of user experience so far, and although I am far from fully engaged, the instructors have put together such a vibrant and engaging community that even the small portion of learning and activities I am taking on will no doubt benefit myself and my collaborators tenfold.

To squeeze on last plug in here, I wanted to point to a very rough prezi on the newly formed “Educational Media” group in the teaching center. These are the same folks I will be teaching to and learning from this week in the ISW, and in so doing hoping to generate some valuable contributions to #ETMOOC. I can se another post will be in order to chronicle this process, but for now I REALLY need to get started on my mini lesson due tomorrow right away!