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What is it?
Audacity® is free, open source audio recording and editing software.

Is it Available for Windows, Mac, and Mobile?
Audacity® is available for Windows and Mac and, at this moment, there is no mobile application available.

How do you obtain Audacity® ?
Download the program from the download section on the Audacity® website. No registration fee is required. Just be sure to download from the official Audacity® website because other versions may contain viruses.

What are the benefits?
Audacity® has a simple, easy-to-use interface. Everyone from the novice to the more advanced user can create high-quality recordings. Once Audacity® is downloaded to a computer, an internet connection is no longer necessary.

What are the drawbacks?
Plug-ins are needed for more advanced recording techniques. For example, an MP3 encoder is needed to save a recording as an MP3 file.

How can Audacity® be used in education?
Audacity® can be used to help engage students and promote social learning. Below is a list of some of the ways Audacity® can be used in the adult education classroom.

  • Create an audio welcome in online courses
  • Give audio feedback to students
  • Teachers can easily create podcasts
  • Students can create podcasts
  • Record interviews
  • Create an audio journal
  • Record dialogue for foreign language instruction

Lesson
Reading Out Loud with Audacity: A Lesson that Promotes Self-assessment
This lesson example describes how students can use Audacity to record themselves reading and then use the recording for follow-up self-assessment. This lesson was written for younger students, but adult learners can also benefit from this activity.


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Audacity® Editing and Recording Software, Version 2.2.0

These resources will help you get started using Audacity®.
A Complete and Total Guide for Beginners (video)
UC Berkeley Audacity Tutorial (website)

The Audacity logo on this site is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, version 3.0. Audacity® software is copyright© 1999-2018 Audacity Team. The name Audacity┬« is a registered trademark of Dominic Mazzoni.

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