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Should Your Online Course Sound Like Serial?

June 13, 2016

A woman recording a podcast.

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Krista Tippett knows how to connect with audiences. She hosts a radio show that airs on more than 400 stations across the country. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2014. And her show “On Being” consistently lands in the Top 100 on the iTunes podcast charts. So when +Acumen recently worked with Tippett to produce an online course, I was not surprised that she spoke eloquently about each instructional topic while conveying a deep and authentic presence.

However, when I sat down to package the raw footage into course videos, I worried that the project might be harder than anticipated. Tippett’s sentences were long, complex and contemplative. Her tone was one of inquiry rather than authority. She sounded different than typical instructors on platforms like Udemy, Udacity, Skillshare or Coursera who lecture in tones of confident authority. But as I kept listening, I realized that her voice might be exactly what online learning needs.

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