I KNOW IT'S important to offer more than one way of consuming educational material and that's why I'm trying to perfect a workflow that ensures I've a quick-hitting text version of my course materials.
I've discovered it's important to use a good microphone if I want to ensure better than 80% accuracy when getting a transcript from my spoken content. While a studio mic works well, it's also handy to record on the fly in the classroom and that's where the Sennheiser Memory Mic performs brilliantly.
I made a Topgold Audio Clip to show how this process works in real time. I think I need to make a video tutorial of the same process because I know several colleagues who would like to see how my workflow might complement theirs. My workflow succeeds when it integrates with my mobile desk.
This entire process is grounded in my belief that I need to offer four lanes leading into my educational material. Lane One is text.
To get the text from the clip in this blog post, I started with a Sennheiser Wireless memory mic clipped to the collar of my shirt. I recorded the clip in a garage filled with echoes.
The Memory Mic can produce content for Lane One (text from the speech) and Lane Two (audio for podcast consumption). For the record, lane three is rewound video and lane four is live video.
If you tap into the audio recording and it sounds legible, it means both Lane One and Lane Two of my production have worked out. If you want to see what the uncorrected transcipt for Lane One looks like, you need to tap into the info section of the audio clip where you'll see the transcipt is better than 90% correct.
My goal is to extract my audio podcast material from my video recordings and the to create a separate five minute teaser with the Sennheiser Memory Mic. If you want to see how this unfolds during our upcoming fall semester of blended learning, feel free to subscribe to my Topgold Audio Clips or to follow my Inside View blog.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Limerik Institute of Technology. He has been using Otter.ai for free for nearly a year.]