I’ve done voice-over work for theatre and elearning since I was a kid, and this coupled with my natural good face for radio means I’ve always fancied podcasting. Today I had a great session with my second year class “Social Business and the Sharing Economy”, and we were negotiating their assessed portfolio work for the end of next semester.
One of the ideas that didn’t immediately get shelved (although it might) was to produce a podcast serial on the Sharing Economy. A run of maybe 6 episodes, each lasting 12-20 minutes. The podcast will be one of a few projects, including a blog and a printed guide to Sharing Leeds. We might expand to video and transmedia, but before then a podcast is the easier to produce we think.
We want to have a fixed number of episodes and a defined format, but it must be of the highest production standards. Happily, we have a radio studio (two in fact) at the uni, and editing suites, so no excuse other than lack of skills to make this happen.
I’ve been googling some good “learn to podcast” resources, and after teaching various classes how to plan their blog content, am also looking to see if planning a podcast’s content is any different. I’m parking some of the most useful looking pieces here:
How to Podcast “The definitive step-by-step guide on how to podcast without breaking the bank. This is the home of the free podcast tutorial that will take your podcast from concept to launch fast and for minimal cost.”
Learn How To Podcast 101 is a video tutorial with more than 120 minutes of instruction that will help you lay a solid foundation for setting up a podcast for future success. This podcasting tutorial will give you all the building blocks to help you understand what is needed to launch your podcast properly.
As for research into formats and content, I also intend to check out Radio 4’s Podcast series “In Pod We Trust” – useful to while away the hours of Christmas driving.
If you have an established podcast and would be interested in talking to my students about it, it’d be great to hear from you. We can invite you into our classroom in person or via SKYPE.
Please put any recommended tips or resources in the comments.
The sharp-eyed amongst you will notice a new addition to my blog design – a creative commons license. You’ll find it at the bottom of the left column. You may have to scroll down a way! It looks like this:
We’ve been learning about Creative Commons and Public Domain licensing in our Online Research class, and we are all busy going through our images and media on our blogs to make sure we are giving credit where it’s due, thanking those who have allowed us to use their media. Alternatively we may have to choose new media when we realise we haven’t got the creator’s permission to use something, or if we can’t track down where we got it from (a very common occurrence!).
However, we really need to protect ourselves as writers and media creators too. Assuming we want our work to be shared – how can we let people know?
You can learn the WHY of creative commons licensing
You can learn the WHAT of creative commons licensing
And as for HOW to add the license to my blog, these are the steps I went through:
Go to the Creative Commons site, and choose a Creative Commons License
The code you need to add to your WordPress site will be automatically generated in the bottom right box.
In another browser tab, login your WordPress Site and go to the Dashboard.
From the Menu choose Appearance, and then Widgets. The one you want is the Text Widget
Click on the Text Widget and drop it into one of the sidebars of your blog.
Give it a title – I just put “license”.
Then copy and past the text from your license box into the text box.
Press the blue [SAVE] button and you are done.
Remember that if you are at any point going to use media with a share-a-like license, then you need to make your media share-a-like too.
I thought about taking some aphorisms or simply received wisdom, to see if they apply to how you should behave online.
The one I always quote in class is “two ears, one mouth, use them in that order” which is based on a quote I can at best attribute to Epictetus (along with the majority of netizens.) Here’s a few more that I think would make good blog titles.
And one that I’m reminded of every time I see a “Britain First” Facebook post shared:
Any more suggestions? Posts links to any blogposts inspired in the comments please 🙂 Have fun.
Full journal article here: Social presence in online learning communities: the role of personal profiles
Research in Learning Technology – Print ISSN 2156-7069; Online ISSN: 2156-7077This journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0) License.
Will we be buying clockwork goggles from TopShop this Spring? So I’d noticed designers like Tom Dixon making gorgeous steampunk nic-nacs for the home, but this gorgeous infographic from IBM predicts the mainstreaming of steampunk.
“Through its sentiment analysis, IBM has found that steampunk is evolving into a cultural ‘meme’ via a series of leaps across cultural domains (such as fiction, visual arts, etc). A combination of science fiction and fantasy, steampunk is a sub-genre based around gothic machinery and the industrialized civilization of the 19th century. Rooted in the designs of the industrialized civilization of the 19th century, steampunk is a retro-futuristic style of fashion that is influenced by the works of Jules Verne, Nikola Tesla, HG Wells and more.” >> Full report on how Steampunk is Trending.
This weeks challenge is another double-whammy –
Advice on creating an appropriate profile and possibly portfolio on the network, as well as how to find potential employers and grab their attention is what’s needed.
Networks of choice are Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and of course, LinkedIn