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