How do you think the use of audio-only instruction will benefit teaching and learning? What do you think will be potential issues with the use of audio? How do you think it will impact your teaching and learning?
What do you think is helpful about using audio? how do you think it differs from using images and text?
Instruction that were offered in audio form may offer a different perspective and qualities that text and visual instruction may not offer. According to Barron (2008), human speech contains elements of expression, loudness, pitch, pace, and tone. An audience might not be able to detect the instructor’s voice in a text-only instruction but would definitely detect in audio-only instruction. According to research conducted by Taylor and Clark (2010), students liked the “informal, relaxed tone of their lecturer speaking to them. They described this as ‘personal’ and said it made them feel they were having some kind of ‘one on one’ consultation with their lecturer.” The podcasts in the study were used to extend knowledge and as a supplementary learning material.
Throughout human history, oral instruction was the primary means of communication and instruction (Barron, 2008). Oral communication has always been versatile and adapted to complement many other mediums such as electronic and digital video, presentations, electronic and digital audio, and many more. People with visual disabilities can learn more effectively from listening. Audio-only instruction can influence learning by providing emphasis on a topic and provide little distractions from the visual materials.
However audio-only instruction could be a problem for those with hearing disabilities or those who misheard the instruction the first time. Having visual images and text helps with learner comprehension. Audio-only methods are not for everyone and should be viewed as an option.
Barron, A. (2008). Auditory Instruction. In D. Jonassen (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (pp. 949-978). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers.
Taylor, L. and Steve Clark. (2010). Educational Design of short, audio-only podcasts: The teacher and student experience. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26, 386-399. doi: 10.14742/ajet.v26i3.1082. Retrieved from http://ajet.org.au/index.php/AJET/article/view/1082/339