What micro-learning platforms are there

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What is it about?

For some learning content or the communication of information to the students, purely auditory formats are suitable. In addition, digital teaching can be varied through a media mix. The format of the podcast is e.g. B. for interviews or pure narratives. Podcasts can also be used as a form of submission for contributions from students, e. B. for reflection phases.

What do you need to create podcasts and radio plays?

Before you start recording a podcast or a radio play, you should prepare a script. Depending on the purpose of the format, the script can be detailed or very loose. The latter can e.g. B. be a collection of topics for a casual conversation.

You should use a headset or microphone for recording in order to avoid noise from the sound of your computer and to improve the audio quality. It is important that the sound from your computer cannot be heard at the same time, otherwise feedback and unclean recordings can occur. Use a headset or headphones if you are recording with a microphone. When recording, make sure that the audio does not overdrive, i.e. not exceed the volume level of 0 dB *. Otherwise the recordings will be distorted. If this is the case, the volume is usually displayed in red in the audio program. So it's always worth doing a sound check and a short test recording.

Mixing is an essential step for the quality of your audio production. It should be noted that the audio quality is perceived much more strongly, e.g. B. in a video, since there is no visual component. In most cases it is sufficient that you make sure that the audio is not overdriven, but not too quiet either. Try to stay as close as possible below the limit of 0 dB. If you want to edit the sound beyond that, the following effects are helpful for you: Compressor and equalizer (EQ). Most of the audio editing programs recommended by your DigiTaL team offer you presets for the effects mentioned, which you can use as a guide.

If you have a computer connected to an IT service from Frankfurt UAS, this IT service is responsible for the procurement and installation of the programs, depending on the department. If you use a private computer, you can install the tools freely.

The DigiTaL team recommends the following software for recording and editing audio formats:

Audacity - The OpenSource Alternative

Audacity is an open source audio editing program. The program allows you to record your voice and edit it accordingly. You can edit your project on multiple tracks and thus incorporate additional sound effects or music. The program contains all the functions required to create radio plays or podcasts for teaching.

  • The following video explains how you can record with Audacity and shows you the essential tools that you need to create podcasts or radio plays with the program:

    Video: Audacity - getting started, easy recording and post-processing

  • The following video explains how you can improve your voice recording with the usual effects:

    Video: Audacity - Improve voice (From 10.00 the effect is exiter, this is not absolutely necessary for optimal audio quality of your voice)

  • The Audacity team offers an overview of all functions and associated explanations in English on the following page:

    Wiki: Audacity manual

GarageBand - For Mac and IPad users

Mac and IOs (Ipad, Iphone) users can use the pre-installed GarageBand program to record and edit audio. In addition, the program offers usable sound effects and music titles with the so-called AppleLoops, which you can use to create audio plays.


Adobe Audition - The paid professional solution

Adobe Audition is a professional audio editor and part of the Creative Cloud from Adobe Inc. This costs around € 20 per month for members of educational institutions in the first year. Adobe Audition can be used at the Frankfurt UAS. With Auditon you can record, mix and edit audio formats. In addition to professional tools, the program also offers you the option of templates e.g. B. to use for podcasts.

  • An overview of the functions of Adobe Auditon can be found here:

    Video: what is audition?

  • Podcasts: The following video tutorial (English with German subtitles) shows you how you can use Adobe Audition to create podcasts.

    Video: create podcasts

Moodle - directly in the system

For short audio snippets or formats in which the auditory quality is of secondary importance, Moodle's own recording tool can be used. Take a look at the videos in the section "Record video and audio snippets directly in Moodle" in the Support Hub.

Use voice memo apps

Most smartphones and operating systems have an integrated voice memo or voice memo tool. With this you can quickly and easily implement audio messages to your learners or simple podcast formats.