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    Using audio and video to enhance learning

    By Domi C Sinclair, on 6 February 2013

    The JISC RSC ME webinar entitled In Brief: Video and audio for assessment shared some interesting case studies, and technologies that might be useful when using audio and video to enhance learning. Although the title specified assessment, the webinar also covered the use of audio and video for formative learning and feedback.

    Review, reflect and assess

    Some particular interesting examples include using karaoke to encourage reflection or retention of knowledge by setting students the task of changing the lyrics of a song to reflect a topic.

    Also the use of dance to get the blood flowing around students bodies (and to their brains0 at the start of a lesson, to replicate concepts and processes, such as those used in bio-mechanics.

    This written case study demonstrates how audio can be used to aid the learner in recalling experiences or knowledge.

    As well as reviewing and reflecting prior to assessment this JISC case study shows how podcasts can be used for assessment, in this case a 10 minute podcast relating to a research essay.


    There were also some more traditional examples, such as the use of podcasts for quicker feedback.

    A range of reports on feedback using audio and video can be found on the Teacher Training Videos website.


    Voki – a free service that allows students to create speaking avatars. Which can encourage students who would not record themselves on camera to participate.

    Xtranormal – a free service that turns text into 3D animated movies.

    Coach’s eye – is available as an Android and Apple app for mobile devices. It allows video analysis (including annotations and narration) as well as slow-motion review.

    Soundcloud – a free audio sharing site, basically put it is the audio equivalent of YouTube.