Making audio accessible
These are some general guidelines that can be used for creating and using audio. It makes audio more accessible for all students.
- Audio can add a personal dimension to a resource which some students find easier to engage with than text based material alone.
- Outline what you want to say before recording - this can make it easier to write a transcript after the recording is complete. However, avoid reading from a script as this can often make you sound robotic and less natural.
- Check the recording levels before you start recording - this helps to make sure you do not waste your time having to re-record the piece because the recording volume is too low.
- Ensure that you are recording in a quiet space where you will not get interrupted - this helps to alleviate background noise, which can make recordings harder to hear.
- Pace yourself when talking. This can help you to articulate words making it easier for students to hear and understand what is being said.
- Listen back to the recording to check that you can hear it and that words are spoken clearly.
- Adapt the outline into a transcript to upload with the audio file.
Audio Accessibility ChecklistThis list has been designed to assist you during the creation of a learning resource. You will need to use your own judgement about what is or isn’t appropriate, as this will change depending on your particular context.
Outline created before recording made.
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