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Sat, Nov 28, 2009

Empathic Listening Audio Tutorial - as a Grazr widget

In 2008 Gregorio Billikopf and colleagues at the University of California created an hour-long audio seminar entitled Listening First Aid designed to teach empathic listening. They provided the mp3 files as a zipped download that they suggested people burn to a cd to listen to in the car or in a portable cd player.  In an effort to make this material more easily accessed (and to experiment with enclosures in Grazr), I have reused this content to create a web widget that can be embedded in a blog or course management system and listened to online in your web browser.

Here’s the listening widget link, which I have embedded and displayed below. To use the widget, click on the title of a listing item to reveal the audio player for that segment. To add this widget to your site, click on the “View” menu and choose “Add to your page”. This will take you to the Grazr site where you can customize the look of the widget (width, height, color scheme, default view, etc) and then copy the code you need to use to include it on your site.


Note: The audio files for this demonstration are hosted on the server, which could become an issue if the widget becomes popular and bandwidth use goes up, but the process of hosting it on your own server would not be difficult if a program expects to make heavy use of this or another embeddable widget of the same type. You would need to edit the RSS 2.0 file that organizes the content (you can see the link to it in the Grazr Widget embed code) and point to the files in their new location.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 11 28 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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