Sound Design for Interactive Learning Tools

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Sound Design for Interactive Learning Tools

Course Description

Designing sound representations of information can be a complex, but a necessary part of engaging students and making material accessible to a larger group of learners. While advances in these tools (e.g. interactive simulations) have made interactive learning freely available to millions of STEM students and classrooms around the world, their reliance on visual-only representations limits reaching students across all learning levels. This course not only uncover the ways in which sound can be used within instruction, but also the benefits of its use in teaching.

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Requirements & Materials



  • Some basic prior knowledge in one of the following areas: educational tools/learning sciences, teaching, programming/development, or sound design



  • Access to online content and course materials

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for graduate students (or possibly undergraduates) in learning sciences, education, or computer science with a focus/interest in educational technology or sound design. Professionals who work in the industry or field, at non-profit educational tool development organizations, or in publishing companies who make online resources for their classroom materials will also benefit.

What You Will Learn

  • A set of concepts, ideas, or relationships that could be represented through sound
  • Uses of sound in the real world
  • The difficulties in completing evaluations
  • Prototyping and design tools or software
  • The full productive process for creating high-quality sound designs for multimodal interactives

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the process for designing auditory representations of a learning goal, idea, or concept.
  • Learn some of the best practices for designing different types of audio for interactive learning tools.
  • Know how to evaluate the usefulness of a design and iterate on it.
  • Be able to identify and categorize different types of auditory displays and sonifications.
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