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Types of Media for the Online Classroom

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Types of Media

Types of Media

There are many types of media to include in an online class. Everything from Audio, Video, PPT Voice Overs, Screen Captures, Conferencing videos, Interactive videos, and a combination of video types to name a few.


Audio files are fairly simple. They are usually in the form of MP3’s. It can be used to listen to reading, music clips, or any form of audio only files. It can be useful to help students in understanding language pronunciations or listen to music compositions. In the past few years podcast have become very popular. Text to speech software has also become popular, allowing instructors of easily convert text files into audio instruction. This conversion is not intended to replace the written word, but help the audio learner and busy student to learn on the go.


Used in conjunction with exercises and discussion question Video files can be used to enhance the learning process for many students. Various technology exist today to easily make video files available to students. Faculty can even create brief lectures with cell phones, ipads and other readily available products.

PPT Voice-Over

PowerPoint shows have become a classroom standard for classroom lecture presentation. By using tools available within the presentation software, a voice over can add clarity to the visual content. Having both the visual clues and the audio explanations can enhance the student learning experience.

Screen Captures

Screen captures allow faculty members to capture events happening on their digital screen and preserve it in a video format. Depending on the method of capture, voice-overs may be included in the final video file. This is a good method of demonstrating steps to a process. Examples may include a demonstration of how to use a particular piece of software or how to log on to a specific website.

Conferencing Videos

Conferencing software is most often used in synchronous meeting events, but some conferencing software allows you to record the meeting for later viewing. The advantage to this software is often it combines a number of elements to help convey a richer learning experience. Often the software records a video of the speaker as well as the speaker’s whiteboard or desktop. The major drawback to this software is the inability to edit the final product.

Interactive Instructions

Interactive instructions is one of the more difficult media to create. It involves software that requires a high level of expertise to master. It often involves a combination of several types of media such as images, videos, and sounds. The final product requires students to interact with the information provide within the media.

There are other types of media available for the online classroom but these will be the main I focus on in this article.


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

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