Audio

Instructional Packages

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Podcast

Podcasts are digital audio recordings that are mostly spoken word (similar to a radio talk show or an interview), but may include some music clips and sound effects. Professional podcasts are made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, are are typically a part of a series.

As BizChix.com’s  explains:

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This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • A series of in-class workshops (30-60 minutes each) that include basics of:
    • Audio Recording
    • Audio Editing
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Audio Essay

Audio essays explore topics using spoken text, audio interviews, archival recordings, music, environmental sounds, and/or sound effects. They can be structured using the conventions of written argument and evidence, narrative devices, as well as poetic and experimental structures.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • A series of in-class workshops (30-60 minutes each) that include basics of:
    • Audio Recording
    • Audio Editing
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Audio Documentary

Audio documentaries involve researching a non-fiction topic and focusing in on micro-stories, as opposed to broader issue pieces or news stories. They often rely on conventional narrative structures, adding recorded, and site-specific sounds to enhance the listener’s experience.

This instructional package includes:
  • Help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • A series of in-class workshops (30-60 minutes each) that include basics of:
    • Audio Recording
    • Audio Editing
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Audio Blog

Audio blogs are a form of online journaling. They typically function similar to radio talk show, in that they use primarily spoken word. The goal of blogs are to illicit listener interaction via comments on an online platform, such as SoundCloud. Audio blogs are often looped into the genre of “podcasts”, but the differences can usually be seen in production quality, since audio blogs are less likely to use a lot of music or sound effects.

This instructional package includes:
  • Help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • A series of in-class workshops (30-60 minutes each) that include basics of:
    • Audio Recording
    • Audio Editing
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Audio Narrative

Audio narratives, sometimes also called “radio plays” are used to tell a story using only sound. Narratives can be fiction or non-fiction and use spoken word, music, and sound effects to immerse the listener in a different world.

This instructional package includes:
  • Help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • A series of in-class workshops (30-60 minutes each) that include basics of:
    • Audio Recording
    • Audio Editing
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Soundscape

A soundscape (or “acoustic ecology”) is the recording of an acoustic environment. It can consist of ambient noises, speaking/talking, music, etc. Soundscapes create an immersive environment for the listener, so that they experience a place or event via listening rather than seeing. Soundscapes can be used in other forms of audio, such as audio essays, audio documentaries, audio blogs, and audio narratives. Soundscapes are commonly used in podcasts such as “This American Life” to allow the listener to feel the environment in which the recording is being done.

This instructional package includes:
  • Help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • A series of in-class workshops (30-60 minutes each) that include basics of:
    • Audio Recording
    • Audio Editing
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

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Want to try something different?

The above options are just a few examples of audio instructional packages available.

If you would like to try something different, contact us at designlab@wisc.edu to discuss more options!

Check out the Audio Resource Page for examples and more about the software available.

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