You may wish to create audio-only or podcast style content as part of your teaching delivery. YuJa supports the upload of audio files, which are auto-transcribed and captioned for improved accessibility. The auto captions can be edited to further improve accessibility in the same way you would edit a YuJa video. You should not upload audio files directly to Blackboard.
Always ensure you have a quality microphone when recording audio-only or audio-focused content.
If you wish to record audio only content you may wish to consider the options below:
Depending on the device you use, there are a variety of ways to record audio content, including:
- A voice recording app on your phone
- Voice Recorder for Windows
- Voice Memos on Mac
Your device may output audio content in a filetype other than mp3. We recommend checking YuJa’s supported file types before attempting to upload your file. If you have an audio file in a non-supported format, you can use Handbrake or VLC Player (both available via Apps Anywhere) to convert your files.
Holding Slide + Audio
A holding slide allows you to provide a static visual accompaniment (such as a thumbnail image or title/description) to your audio content, which can improve the experience for some users and make it easier to locate embedded audio-only content.
- Create a title slide in PowerPoint to act as a placeholder, and use one of the recommended recording software options.
- Narrate your audio content over the top of this title slide or use Insert > Audio to add a pre-recorded audio file from your device directly to a PowerPoint slide
- Locate the file – if you are using PowerPoint, you will need to export the video as an mp4.
- Upload the file to YuJa
- Mention in the title, or description, that the content is audio-only.
Slide Transitions + Audio
You may want to create content that is similar to screencast content, where audio narration is accompanied by a small number of screen transitions, such as changing background images or holding slides that change when a new topic is introduced. To create this kind of content, follow the steps for Holding Slide + Audio above, or our screencasting guidance.
Be aware that, if the narration relies on being able to see the accompanying slide content, you should ensure these are described in the narration or an alternative format is provided.