Creating Better Podcasts


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Slides from a session titled "Creating Better Podcasts" hosted by Dan Medakovic (Operitel) and Richard Nantel (Brandon Hall Research) presented at the 2008 Innovations in Learning Conference.

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Creating Better Podcasts

  1. 1. Creating Better Podcasts Dan Medakovic , Operitel Richard Nantel , Brandon Hall Research September 26, 1:15 p.m.
  2. 2. So Many Questions… <ul><li>What is a podcast? </li></ul><ul><li>Why have they become popular? </li></ul><ul><li>Why use them for learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What software/hardware do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the steps to produce, publish, and subscribe to a podcast? </li></ul><ul><li>Tips, tricks, and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating podcasting into learning architecture </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Is a Podcast? <ul><li>i Pod + Broad casting = Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Usually audio (but not always) </li></ul><ul><li>Syndication/subscription (always) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Have Podcasts Become Popular?
  5. 5. Why Have Podcasts Become Popular?
  6. 6. Why Use Podcasts for Learning
  7. 7. Podcasting Options Audacity / Freeware apps ProTools LE / Mbox Phone in Services Professional Audio Production Facility / Marketing & Communications Co. Garage Band (Mac) Cubase/Vegas/Cakewalk etc. Web Based V/O Services 1000’s Free 100’s
  8. 8. DIY- What You Need (Audio Podcast) Text
  9. 9. Zoom H2 Microphone ($200)
  10. 10. Audacity (Free)
  11. 11. Podcasting Workflow RSS mp3
  12. 12. Let’s Record!
  13. 13. Let’s Edit!
  14. 14. Let’s Publish! (A few options) Use a commercial hosting service (Easy and low-cost) Upload it to a Blog (Easy and free!) Host your own podcasts (Medium easy and free!)
  15. 15. Creating the RSS file <ul><li><?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot;?> </li></ul><ul><li><rss xmlns:itunes=&quot;; version=&quot;2.0&quot;> </li></ul><ul><li><channel> </li></ul><ul><li><title>Creating Better Podcasts</title> </li></ul><ul><li><itunes:author>Richard Nantel and Dan Medakovic</itunes:author> </li></ul><ul><li><itunes:link rel=&quot;image&quot; type=&quot;video/jpeg&quot; href=&quot;;>Richard Nantel</itunes:link> </li></ul><ul><li><itunes:explicit>no</itunes:explicit> </li></ul><ul><li><category>Audio Blogs</category> </li></ul><ul><li><link></link> </li></ul><ul><li><description>Audio Podcasts by Brandon Hall Research</description> </li></ul><ul><li><language>en-us</language> </li></ul><ul><li><copyright>All rights reserved</copyright> </li></ul><ul><li><lastBuildDate>Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:14:12 GMT</lastBuildDate> </li></ul><ul><li><ttl>60</ttl> </li></ul><ul><li><item> </li></ul><ul><li><title>Creating Better Podcasts</title> </li></ul><ul><li><link></link> </li></ul><ul><li><itunes:author>Richard Nantel and Dan Medakovic</itunes:author> </li></ul><ul><li><category>Audio Blogs</category> </li></ul><ul><li><itunes:duration>00:48</itunes:duration> </li></ul><ul><li><itunes:explicit>no</itunes:explicit> </li></ul><ul><li><description> (Running Time 00:48)</description> </li></ul><ul><li><pubDate>Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:09:35 GMT</pubDate> </li></ul><ul><li><enclosure url=&quot;; length=&quot;780851&quot; type=&quot;audio/mpeg&quot;/> </li></ul><ul><li></item> </li></ul><ul><li></channel> </li></ul><ul><li></rss> </li></ul>
  16. 16. Free RSS Generators <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>
  17. 17. Online Resources Name Description URL Cost Audio Bag Royalty free music. Pro. Intro/Outro with Music $7-$29 / music clip $57 / $77 (both) ClickCaster Podcast publishing/hosting site. Support audio and video podcasts. Free - $29.99 / mo. GabCast Podcasting service. Let’s you phone in your audio. Free- $12/mo/channel Neosounds Royalty Free Music $14.95 - $34.95
  18. 18. Hardware <ul><li>USB Microphone ($25) </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom H2 ($200) </li></ul><ul><li>Pro Tools LE and M Box hardware $400 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Microphone - $100 (get a metal one) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommend SURE SM57 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Software <ul><li>Audacity (Free) </li></ul><ul><li>Garage Band (Mac Only) </li></ul><ul><li>Pro Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Cubase </li></ul>
  20. 20. Integrating Podcasts into Learning Architecture <ul><li>Simply create a PodCast area on your website with RSS feed or include in Blogs, Wikis, etc. (one to many) </li></ul><ul><li>Use a Document Library such as SharePoint </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rich search, meta data, content management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audience Targeting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One to many groups </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Integrating Podcasts into Learning Architecture <ul><li>Assign them to learners via an LMS </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Target community, region, location, business unit, job position, competency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include link in course registration message </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a self-assessment button to track completion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a short post-assessment to test comprehension </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include them in blended Learning Tracks (podcast assigned upon Success or Failure of Learning Event) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sell them via E-Commerce engine </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Audio Tips <ul><ul><ul><li>Start with the best source recording </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can hear the room – avoid large rooms, reflective/hard surfaces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a good microphone and audio interface </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a pop-screen </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a mic stand (table top or boom stand) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Watch your levels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Normalize your audio </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Audio Tips Cont’d <ul><ul><ul><li>Think of quality production values: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting, dynamically varied voice(s) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Imagine the audience (perform, don’t just read) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include musical breaks/intros </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>