Documentation:Podcasting Basics/DIY Media
- 1 What is a Podcast?
- 2 How Do They Support Learning?
- 3 Examples
- 4 What Do I Need?
- 5 How Do I Do It?
- 5.1 Step 1: Plan (edit)
- 5.2 Equipment and Software
- 5.3 Step 2: Script (edit)
- 5.4 Prepare your content by putting together a script:
- 5.5 Script Resources
- 5.6 Step 3: Record (edit)
- 5.7 Recording Resources
- 5.8 Step 4: Edit (edit)
- 5.9 Editing Resources
- 5.10 Step 5: Publish (edit)
- 6 Feedback
What is a Podcast?
Podcasts are audio or video files that anybody can listen to online or download onto their portable media player. They are mostly associated with episodic content of a regularly programmed series, such as a radio show. With the decreasing cost of recording devices and release of easy to use media editing tools, producing podcasts is easier than ever!
A podcast can cover a variety of topics, from the archives of a weekly radio program to foreign language guides. Many universities create podcasts of prominent guest speakers, while a class here at UBC uses them as assignments to hone students' storytelling skills. UBC students also create podcasts and audio files to share student opinion and experience via interview.
Podcasts can be an effective storytelling tool. The four tools of a podcast are voice, sounds, music and silence, and it’s astonishing how far these can go to captivate listeners. Without visual distractions, podcasts are able to hone in on specific content and intimately engage the listener.
How Do They Support Learning?
Archive Class Lectures You can create archives of class lectures for students who missed a class, want to review what you discussed with them, or study during their commute
Digital Storytelling Students can be given assignments that help them explore and share stories about local issues.
Literary Readings Many plays and poems are better understood when read out loud. Dramatic readings help convey expressions and meaning.
Language Learning Help students learn a new language by letting them hear and practice proper pronunciations.
Audio Instructions Easily explain assignments and solutions by creating short "microlectures"
Guest Speakers Share lectures from guest speakers who can give personal and in-depth insight into the latest research and issues.
Interviews Students can hone their interview skills while talking with other students or professors about a wide range of topics.
Podcasts can be produced and used in a variety of ways. Take time to look through the examples below and look into the possibilites on how they can be applied in academic settings.
Podcasts at UBC
LFS 400 - Digital Communication and Topics in Agriculture: a course that supports students in their development as communicators of topics on agriculture and sustainability. Learn more about the project and listen to some student podcasts.
Arts One Open: Podcast lectures offering perspectives on course readings.
Continuing Studies Public Lectures: UBC Continuing Studies shares recordings of their public lectures on topics such as human rights, journalism, and sustainability.
Therapeutics Initiative Podcasts: the Therapeutics Initiative (TI) podcast is a biweekly presentation where practitioners can get a healthy dose of evidence based drug therapy information. TI is an independent organization established by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
CiTR: similarly, UBC's student-run radio station, CiTR 101.9 FM makes their shows available for download through podcasts. An example is Radio Freethinker - podcast production of CiTR - UBC student radio.
What Do I Need?
We will be focusing on audio podcasts because they are easier to make than video. You only need 2 things to start recording: a microphone and the software. Once you have both, you can start recording!
There are a number of free applications you can use to record audio. The following software either comes pre-installed on your operating system, while others are free downloads:
Here are a few useful links if you're looking at microphones.
The DIY Media website has a page on microphone suggestions, going over the various types of microphones available.
- Choosing Microphones is a 4-minute video from lynda.com which has some helpful tips for deciding what kind of microphone will best suit your needs.
- Wistia's Learning Centre demonstrates the quality of sound achieved with different mics in this 4.5 minute video.
To set up your mic, you'll need to configure your settings - this should only take a moment.
How Do I Do It?
Step 1: Plan
Keep track of your ideas and develop a written plan or outline so that you can easily discuss with others should you want to collaborate.
Use this Plan Your Audio Project Worksheet to help you plan your podcast.
Equipment and Software
Gather equipment for your podcast project:
Step 2: Script
Prepare your content by putting together a script:
Step 3: Record
Before you begin recording get signed permission of people who will be speaking on the podcast. Also, make sure to rehearse the script in order to avoid unnecessary pauses or stumbling on words. Speak in a consistent, natural pace.
Step 4: Edit
Edit to clip together your recorded audio files and to ensure that audio volume is balanced throughout. Use the noise filter to reduce background noise. Utilize music where ever needed but make sure it is not distracting from the audio.
Step 5: Publish
Publishing your content
When you've finished recording, editing and exporting your content to an acceptable file format, you'll need to publish it so that you can embed it where you like. You can publish your content on:
Embedding your content
Once your content is hosted (on YouTube or Kaltura) you can embed it in a Canvas course, WordPress environment or on a wiki page. See how-tos below.
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