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Developing Audio-enhanced Presentations for Distance Ed

By Dr. Carol Kline, hospitality and tourism administration
Course: Introduction to Tourism

Brief explanation of the project

To improve the quality of information imparted to distance-education students, audio-enhanced presentations were created on the more complex and involved topics of the course. PowerPoint slides and audio were combined using Jing, a screen recording application. About Jing

Goals: What did you want to accomplish?

The main goal of using this technology was to develop a means of explaining involved concepts to distance-education students. I also wanted to create a personalized feeling for the students by enabling them to hear an instructor’s voice. Similar to a traditional classroom experience of listening to lectures, it would provide variety for them in terms of their self-directed learning (something different from just reading or looking up information on the web).

Outcomes: Were your goals met?

I feel that the intended outcomes were met. Some students told me that they were using the audio-enhanced presentations; some told me that they enjoyed them. The responses on the final exam related to the audio-enhanced material were much better than the responses found on the mid-term exam. (The audio-enhanced material was not created and uploaded until the latter part of the semester.)

Advice to faculty: What would you do differently?

The only thing I would do differently is purchase the professional version of Jing so that audio files could last longer than the five minutes associated with the free version of Jing.


Click below to see an example of Dr. Kline's presentations.

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What tools did you use?

  • Jing — software that allows the user to record what’s appearing on a computer screen.
  • — Website that saves and stores screen recordings.

How did the Center help?

  • Initial consultation on objectives and what technology to use to achieve them
  • Training on Jing and posting recordings to Blackboard
  • Continuing technical assistance when needs arose

More information

Marilyn McClelland also uses Jing in her courses at NCCU. Read her article Show Me! On Demand: Budget Friendly Instructional Videos.