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Recording Audio

You may wish to record audio for short instructions, feedback, or to sit alongside slides. In this video (3:56), we present a few tips for making audio recordings and possible software options.

Options for creating audio materials

The audio for this video was recorded using a mobile phone. You may also have a built-in microphone on your computer, a webcam, a headset microphone, or earbuds and a microphone. 

Before you begin making recordings to share, it is worth experimenting with the options you have to hand, to check which provides the clearest sound.

Recording into Canvas

Canvas provides the ability to record audio (or video) any time you see the Rich Content Editor. This method is ideal for short recordings; you can't do any editing, but you can "start over".

Using ReCap Personal Capture

ReCap personal capture can record audio as well as audio with slides/screencapture. You can pause and restart the recording, and once it has been uploaded, you can do some simple editing using ReCap's online editor. This allows you to 'top and tail' the recording and remove specific sections so that you can finalise recordings you have made.

Using Audacity

Audacity is a popular piece of software designed for audio recording and editing. It is free and can be installed on home computers. If you have a University managed computer, you would need to request this from NUIT. Once edited you can export the file as .mp3 and upload it to Canvas.

Recording apps on mobile phones

We have found that the built-in recording apps on mobile phones and tablets work well. On iOS look for Voice Memos, and on Android search for Recorder.  


You should provide a transcript for audio recordings to support students who are hard of hearing. Learn more about captions and transcripts.