Technological Tools



  • Audacity is a free cross-platform audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
  • Users can record live audio, cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together, and edit various audio files (Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF to name a few).
  • Audacity can foster active student participation and deeper learning through content creation (e.g., podcasts).
  • It allows students to showcase their understanding through multimedia rather than tests or papers.

Source: Walsh, B. (2016).

User Interface

User interface
Bach waveform in Audacity
Two tracks loaded into Audacity
Highlighting across tracks for crossfading

Literature and other sources

  • Bull, P. H. (2013). Cognitive Constructivist Theory of Multimedia: Designing Teacher-Made Interactive Digital. Creative Education, 4(9), 614-619.
  • Hall, R. (2014). Acoustics labs for a general education math and music course. Journal Of Mathematics And Music, 8(2), 125-130.
  • Lunt, T., & Curran, J. (2010). ‘Are you listening please?’ The advantages of electronic audio feedback compared to written feedback. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(7), 759-769.
  • Pejuan, A., & Novell, M. (2009). Audio processors as a learning tool for basic acoustics. Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 17(4), 379-388.
  • Reyna, J., Hanham, J., & Meier, P. (2017). A taxonomy of digital media types for Learner-Generated Digital Media assignments. E-learning and Digital Media, 14(6), 309-322.
  • Thibeault, M. D. (2011). Learning from looking at sound: Using multimedia spectrograms to explore world music. General Music Today, 25(1), 50-55.
  • Thompson, D. (2014). An Overview of Audacity. General Music Today, 27(3), 40-43.
  • Walsh, B. (2016). Editing Audio with Audacity. The Programming Historian, The Programming Historian. Retrieved from
  • Wenzel Egan, K. (2018). The audio postcard assignment: Practicing the use of descriptive language. Communication Teacher, 32(3), 131-135.

Audacity Tutorials

Audacity Tutorials (video)

Audacity Basics: Recording, Editing, Mixing

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