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Tools for Podcasting

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.

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Do the right thing! (talk by Simon Wilson)

So, does having profile information and a photograph help people learn together online?

This article from “Research in Learning Technology” concludes “it depends”.

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There seems to be four schools of thought:

  1. I need to see profile information and photos to feel connected to other people.
  2. I’d rather not have photos and give away personal information as I’m worried about my own privacy.
  3. I can interact with the individual postings and topics – who posts them isn’t relevant.
  4. I don’t see why photos and profiles are needed.

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.

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