The more you know, the harder it is to take decisive action. Once you become informed, you start seeing complexities and shades of gray. You realize that nothing is as clear and simple as it first appears. Ultimately, knowledge is paralyzing
So I need help, advice, on what solutions/options you would recommend for the following scenario. Image by Petite Corneille.
I’ve been contacted by a lecturer who teaches horticulture. She says:
I’ve been recording botanical terms e.g. plant names and spelling to help ot students using a tape recorder. It seems to me it would be much more efficient to put this stuff onto the net so that they can download it to their mp3 players but I’m not quite sure where or how to do it. Any advice?
Here’s my thought process so far:
- Worthwhile considering offering both video and audio formats - to enhance the connection between the terms and the botanical images
- For audio I’d use a USB headset and Audacity. My choice for video would be MovieMaker or PhotoStory.
- Will the outcome desired change with time? i.e. focus currently is the benefit of recordings on mp3 but long term will this change to include: students being able to interact using a forum and post their own videos & photos; being able to provide other resources (documents, PDF); and/or write posts.
- Does the site need to be password protected or can it be open?
Can You Help Out?
- What other questions are worth asking?
- What solutions or options are worth considering?
- Do you know of any sites that horticulture lecturers are using with their students?
- What haven’t I thought of?
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