Recording lectures as podcasts: An introduction

Oct. 1, 2020

Duane Woods

Jason Toal

In this session:

Participants will

  • Be introduced to podcasting projects
  • Discover SFU audio resources and community
  • Be able to set up for audio recording
  • Demo the basics of editing audio
  • Share audio content on a variety of platforms.

Theory & Practice:

Why Podcasting?

  • Students can listen to anywhere and anytime
  • Frees up time in the classroom (Flipping)
  • Adds a new form of learning
  • High bandwidth not required to listen
  • Sparks the imagination
  • Great way to share conversations

Theory & Practice:

Best uses

  • Short lectures
  • Interviews or a conversations with an expert or guest
  • Sparks imagination and voice rather than visuals
  • Record an environment where you want to concentrate on its auditory nature (ie. park, farm, factory)
  • Share music or other sounds

Theory & Practice:

Remember DO...

  • Plan

  • Get a quality recording

  • Speak clearly

  • Use sounds

  • Keep it interesting

  • Keep it short

     

     

     

 

"I want my professors to know that it is very hard to keep me motivated to listen to the lectures that they post on [Blackboard LMS], which are like more than one hour of podcast. I find it so difficult to just sit there and listen to a person talk and take notes. If I was in class, I would see the professor with movements (showing things with examples), but now I can just see them saying without seeing the example."

 - Norman Eng, WHAT FRUSTRATES STUDENTS MOST ABOUT ONLINE CLASSES (COVID-19 EDITION)

 

 

 

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Theory & Practice:

Remember...

  • Don't record a 2-3 hour lecture in one go.

  • Don't read notes/text verbatim

  • Don't speak in a flat, monotone voice

     

POdcast Production:

Recording gear

  • External Microphone (eg. Yeti) or Headset Mic

  • Headphones

  • Quiet Space

POdcast Production:

Other Recording Methods

  • Smartphone

  • Zoom

  • Skype

  • MDR/MyMediasite (coming soon!)

POdcast Production:

Recording Software

  • Audacity (Open Source)

  • Audition (Adobe, SFU-supported)

  • Zoom/ Skype

  • MDR/MyMediasite

Editing Software

  • Audacity (Open Source)

  • Audition (Adobe, SFU-supported)

Audacity

  • Learn the interface & tools:
  • Record your voice
  • Import other WAV, AIFF, MP3 files

MICROPHONE SET UP

  • System Preferences > Sound
  • Input and Output set to your mic

Audacity

Recording Lectures as Podcasts

By Learning and Teaching Technology

Recording Lectures as Podcasts

This is a beginner level training session on the basics of audio production and podcasting. The workshop will cover the fundamentals in Audacity (or Audition) about creating their own podcasts. Participants will be able to set up and test a microphone, learn Audacity interface to perform a basic recording, simple edits and fades, export a file, and share it.

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