Acaudio set to announce a new media training course.

Acaudio was created to help realise the potential that academics and their work have, by changing the way it can be disseminated to, and consumed by, the public. It is free and open access, and works to make research both accessible and consumable to other scholars, students, professionals and the general public.

To bolster the work of the app, Acaudio now offers services to further increase the impact of academic work through audio stories (Acaudio Storytime) and short films (Acaudio Film). Excitingly, Acaudio is now set to launch its very first training course for academics, to streamline these efforts aimed at increasing the impact of academic research.

This has come after extensive research through the app, and discussions with universities, librarians and academics. There seemed to be an overwhelming desire for some extra training in how to take full advantage of the what the media can offer academics and their work. Occupying the space media can provide to academics is something Acaudio not only wants to facilitate, but wants to help people navigate with confidence.

As such, Acaudio is soon set to launch a media training course specifically for academics. It is titled ‘Introduction to Media for Academics’, and is run by the founder of Acaudio and The Know Show Podcast, Hussain Ayed. Hussain specialises in research impact and is experienced in working at the intersection of academic research and entertainment. He is an expert in academic audio, and his background in entertainment positions him perfectly to help guide academics in the media space to bridge these two worlds.

The course is concise and is set to have six sections, with an introduction and summary. These cover media awareness, personal awareness, language, audio, video, and outreach and promotion. Being well versed in making information easy to consume, we have worked hard at Acaudio to distil our expertise into what has essentially become a  media toolkit, which can be applied to all academics in all disciplines. We are driven by helping promote research, and we want to empower academics to be able to do this themselves, making use of the spaces available in our society today.

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…And remember, Research Is Told!

The Intersection of Academia and Entertainment: The Merging of Two Worlds to Increase the Impact of Research.

Acaudio. Research is Told. 

A few days ago, Abigail Bennett, an Assistant Professor of Global Inland Fisheries Ecology and Governance at Michigan State University, tweeted about the need for audio versions of journal articles:

Abigail’s tweet received immense support. What is most exciting is that the answer to it already exists—Acaudio is about to launch, and is the world’s first academic audio library. 

Answering Abigail’s calls, academics download Acaudio, create a profile, and record audio summaries of their research for anyone to listen to. This increases its reach and impact, and means that anyone around the world is able to engage with important academic research.

Entertainment and learning using Acaudio:

Acaudio leverages behaviours that exist in how people are increasingly consuming short bursts of information, and provides authors with insights on who is listening to their work. From the growth of documentaries on platforms such as Netflix, Acaudio is tapping into the world of entertainment that is also informative, and removes the guilt often associated with watching or listening to television or film. People have a desire to learn, and Acaudio is making this possible in new and novel ways. 

In merging entertainment and academia, Acaudio is opening up the world of research and allowing it to be discovered and explored in a variety of ways, increasing the number of people it can reach. It offers a different way to consume academic research in the form of audio. Unique to Acaudio is the type of audio it provides listeners—the audio summaries are recorded by academics themselves and so we are given an insight into their research that would otherwise be impossible. 

Enjoyment and learning should go hand in hand, and Acaudio is providing an effortless way to facilitate this, and therefore having a positive impact on society. 

Acaudio Originals:

Alongside the audio summaries, Acaudio produces its own audio stories that are centred around specific academic research pieces. Academic work is already entertaining, but at Acaudio, we are experts in unlocking this and translating it into something accessible to the general public. Again, taking inspiration from the growth of documentaries, we are explicitly merging entertainment and academia through creating short audio storybooks. These can also be combined with animation and film to create short visual pieces.  

We curate narratives that centre around specific academic research pieces and the academics themselves. They work to guide the listener though an immersive audio journey to really grasp the key elements of the research. This enables listeners to get a feel for the research, and takes away the often laborious and taxing level of concentration needed to follow argumentation in written articles. 

What is exciting here is that the merging of entertainment and academic work is simple. Creating narratives for research is something that can be done in any discipline, and the audience is ready and waiting. All we needed was the space and creativity to let this happen—and it has. The results are set to be groundbreaking. 

The future of learning is in this niche intersection of entertainment and academia, and Acaudio is creating a whole new world of research consumption, discovery and engagement. Watch this space, it’s powerful stuff. 

Acaudio. Research is Told.