Mon, 21 September 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEST
In this session, Alan Wong (School of Engineering) will show how he has improved his videos using Amazon Polly – a free service that turns text into life-like speech. Alan co-ordinates a large course (600+ students) and he very successfully employs a range of good online teaching practices (including chunking, flipped classroom and community building approaches). But it was a comment from his daughter about his early video recordings which led him to start experimenting with voice-over apps. In the session Alan will share his story; he will explain how he selected his voice character (‘Matthew’) and how students have reacted to it. He will also highlight some of the practical challenges he has encountered along the way, sharing his advice for anyone interested in using the approach themselves. Finally, reflecting on the improvements in student performance, he will consider the options for continuing and developing the approach in the future.
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