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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.

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 Dan Medakovic , Operitel Richard Nantel , Brandon Hall Research September 26, 1:15 p.m.
  • So Many Questions…
    • What is a podcast?
    • Why have they become popular?
    • Why use them for learning?
    • What software/hardware do you need?
    • What are the steps to produce, publish, and subscribe to a podcast?
    • Tips, tricks, and resources
    • Integrating podcasting into learning architecture
  • What Is a Podcast?
    • i Pod + Broad casting = Podcasting
    • Usually audio (but not always)
    • Syndication/subscription (always)
  • Why Have Podcasts Become Popular?
  • Why Have Podcasts Become Popular?
  • Why Use Podcasts for Learning
  • 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
  • DIY- What You Need (Audio Podcast) Text
  • Zoom H2 Microphone ($200)
  • Audacity (Free)
  • Podcasting Workflow RSS mp3
  • Let’s Record!
  • Let’s Edit!
  • 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!)
  • Creating the RSS file
    • <?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot;?>
    • <rss xmlns:itunes=&quot;http://www.itunes.com/DTDs/Podcast-1.0.dtd&quot; version=&quot;2.0&quot;>
    • <channel>
    • <title>Creating Better Podcasts</title>
    • <itunes:author>Richard Nantel and Dan Medakovic</itunes:author>
    • <itunes:link rel=&quot;image&quot; type=&quot;video/jpeg&quot; href=&quot;http://brandon-hall.com/richardnantel/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/richardsmiling.jpg&quot;>Richard Nantel</itunes:link>
    • <itunes:explicit>no</itunes:explicit>
    • <category>Audio Blogs</category>
    • <link>http://www.brandon-hall.com/podcasts/podcasts.shtml</link>
    • <description>Audio Podcasts by Brandon Hall Research</description>
    • <language>en-us</language>
    • <copyright>All rights reserved</copyright>
    • <lastBuildDate>Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:14:12 GMT</lastBuildDate>
    • <ttl>60</ttl>
    • <item>
    • <title>Creating Better Podcasts</title>
    • <link>http://www.brandon-hall.com/podcasts/podcastingpromo.mp3</link>
    • <itunes:author>Richard Nantel and Dan Medakovic</itunes:author>
    • <category>Audio Blogs</category>
    • <itunes:duration>00:48</itunes:duration>
    • <itunes:explicit>no</itunes:explicit>
    • <description> (Running Time 00:48)</description>
    • <pubDate>Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:09:35 GMT</pubDate>
    • <enclosure url=&quot;http://www.brandon-hall.com/podcasts/podcastingpromo.mp3&quot; length=&quot;780851&quot; type=&quot;audio/mpeg&quot;/>
    • </item>
    • </channel>
    • </rss>
  • Free RSS Generators
    • http://www.applytools.com/cgi-bin/sa/podcast/podcast.cgi
    • http://www.tdscripts.com/webmaster_utilities/podcast-generator.php
    • http:// podcastgen.sourceforge.net /
  • Online Resources Name Description URL Cost Audio Bag Royalty free music. Pro. Intro/Outro with Music http://audiobag.com/ $7-$29 / music clip $57 / $77 (both) ClickCaster Podcast publishing/hosting site. Support audio and video podcasts. http://www.clickcaster.com/ Free - $29.99 / mo. GabCast Podcasting service. Let’s you phone in your audio. http://www.gabcast.com/ Free- $12/mo/channel Neosounds Royalty Free Music http://www.neosounds.com/ $14.95 - $34.95
  • Hardware
    • USB Microphone ($25)
    • Zoom H2 ($200)
    • Pro Tools LE and M Box hardware $400
        • www.digidesign.com
    • Microphone - $100 (get a metal one)
        • Recommend SURE SM57
  • Software
    • Audacity (Free)
    • Garage Band (Mac Only)
    • Pro Tools
    • Cubase
  • Integrating Podcasts into Learning Architecture
    • Simply create a PodCast area on your website with RSS feed or include in Blogs, Wikis, etc. (one to many)
    • Use a Document Library such as SharePoint
        • Rich search, meta data, content management
        • Audience Targeting
        • One to many groups
  • Integrating Podcasts into Learning Architecture
    • Assign them to learners via an LMS
        • Target community, region, location, business unit, job position, competency
        • Include link in course registration message
        • Use a self-assessment button to track completion
        • Create a short post-assessment to test comprehension
        • Include them in blended Learning Tracks (podcast assigned upon Success or Failure of Learning Event)
        • Sell them via E-Commerce engine
  • Audio Tips
        • Start with the best source recording
        • You can hear the room – avoid large rooms, reflective/hard surfaces
        • Use a good microphone and audio interface
        • Use a pop-screen
        • Use a mic stand (table top or boom stand)
        • Watch your levels
        • Normalize your audio
  • Audio Tips Cont’d
        • Think of quality production values:
          • Interesting, dynamically varied voice(s)
          • Imagine the audience (perform, don’t just read)
          • Include musical breaks/intros