Audio Recording Tips
Record Engaging Audio
It can be hard and may take a bit of time adjusting to talking to microphone rather than to a group of students. Try to relax and pretend you have a few folks in your office whom you are helping. Focus on talking in a conversational manner and try to be yourself. Don't worry about being perfect. Natural conversation has pauses, ums, and ahs. These unpredictable patterns in delivery help keep the listener focused. Picture a few of your best students in the room with you which you are trying to engage in a topic. What would you say? How would you say it? Since folks can easily read the PowerPoint slide in no time at all, you should not need to read the slide to them. Instead, use your audio lecture to give your students that spark that you yourself feel about a topic. The audio lecture should add value to overall experience beyond what your students are seeing on the companion slide.
Record a "Test Run"
Record for a short amount of time and then stop to play it back and listen to it. This will allow you to hear if the audio is crisp and clear. Listen to the recording through speakers AND through ear phones. It may sound just fine to you through speakers, but sound terrible to your students using earphones. Optional: Record a small sample and send it to the BbLearnHelp for review. We can help determine if there is a technical problem with the recording (e.g., too soft, white noise, clipping issues) and aid in removing any problems before you start recording your lectures in earnest.
If you are using and analog mic, consider swapping this out for a digital USB mic. Our current recommendation for mics are digital USB mics with supplemental power (i.e. power button). (We have had good luck with Logitech mics.)
Reduce Noise Pops
Place a cotton ball over the mic to prevent "P" and "B" popping issues.
Clean Start & Stop
Give at least a one second pause at the beginning and end of the narration of each slide. Leaving a little silence at the beginning and end of each slide helps to ensure your audio does not get clipped.
Turn off all cell phones and try to make sure the phone will not ring during your recording. Consider recording your audio at nights or on the weekends when there is less likelihood of being interrupted.
Short & Sweet
Try to keep your audio segments 15 minutes or less in length.
Articles on Topic
- The seven Perceptual Learning Styles greenriver.edu
- Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices facultyfocus.com
- Instructional Strategies for Online Courses uillinois.edu
- Lecture Practices uncc.edu
- Education: Best Practices online-distance-learning-education.com
- Lecture Capture Best Practices digitalborn.org
- Engaging Lecture Capture: Lights, Camera. . . Interaction!: see ? Seven Principles for Good Practice Applied to Lecture Recordings educause.edu
- Best Practice for Online Lecture Development (PDF) jmu.edu
- Best Practices for Lecture Capture (PDF) american.edu