The Benefits of Remote Learning – Past AES President -AudioEducatorPodcast

The audioeducatorpodcast is a new podcast for, you guessed it, audio educators. You’ll hear from inspired guest educators, experienced audio professionals, and visionary product developers. Episode 3 hosts Alex Case, the pased AES president. In this podcast they heavily discussing benefits + do’s and don’ts for teaching on zoom! Here are some highlights…

Covid Teaching – How has it already changed things for you and how do you expect it to change for you?

Like a lot of engineersm I’m a grumpy pessimist, but I choose at this moment in time to be optimistic… I don’t have to look very far to find something positive… Every student has a front seat in the house. You can show more because they can be right there.

Sharing Screens

Always in the assignments is “be prepared to share”. There are challenges getting the audio right. If audio isn’t critical. In a lab it seems more forced. Shared screen and best seat in the house is particularly better. Everyone can see variations of colour-coding etc.

Be optimistic

“This is the most optimism I’ve heard about virtual learning”

If we just decided to teach this way, no one would have gone along for the ride… “What are you trying to do… you’re being lazy… What’s going on?” Because we have to do this. Everyone is willing to go for the ride and see what happens. Those educators who seize it and make it a positive and make the experience stronger in some ways I think will be rewarded for it.

This is a scary time to be studying or graduating. We’ve got to do everything we can to make it less scary…. We’re under pressure to that well.

Zoom Tips / Do’s & Dont’s

  1. Embrace the idea that everyone is looking at screen with good view of it
    They have the “best seat in the house”. I encourage people to think about what it means for everyone to have the same fairly intimate view.
  2. Interactivity – Sharing the screen for chats and chatrooms is an opportunity to break up the classroom in ways that are more powerful than the real world.
  3. Just set up a microphone – It’s fatiguing to listen to the laptop microphone with the room ambience behind it. I don’t think students get tired consciously trying to listen to you. You can get a meaningfully better sound which is going to lead to a much more meaningful environment. It’s subtle. Fighting to understand what someone is saying is energy wasted that could have been applied to the topic you were trying to teach.

Listen to more

The audioeducatorpodcast episode 3 is available Here