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Higher Ed Hero: Create a 5 Minute Podcast; A Step-by-Step Tutorial Webinar February 11, 2009

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I just got a question about my next Higher Ed Hero event:

Hi Jeff, I have a question about the upcoming audio conf.

I’m confused by the use of the term “webinar” to describe this session when it appears we won’t be doing anything online during the hour long session.  Will we do anything online in the session, maybe as we follow along in the handout?

We are trying to justify the cost of the session considering it appears we just listen and get a PDF version of some tips and techniques. We would prefer to actually see someone create a podcast, watch the steps, discuss tips/techniques, etc., and have an opportunity for questions.

Thanks in advance for addressing my questions.

Good questions!

The last event that I did with Higher Ed Hero was an audio conferecence.  Attendees received a PDF document and followed along as I spoke about the “what,” “why,” and “how” of podcasting.

This NEW conference truly will be a webinar.

I will indeed create and publish a podcast, discuss how I’m doing it and talk about tips along the way.  I’ll create about a 5 minute podcast in 45 minutes on two different platforms (mac and pc) using free software available on both.  I think it will be beneficial for people who want to know what the steps of podcasting are and learn well by watching someone else go through the motions.

Hope that helps!!!

Details of the webinar:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Podcasting has had a revolutionary impact on today’s colleges and universities.  In order for higher education professionals to reach an increasingly more tech savvy population of students and colleagues they must to learn to harness the power of podcasting.  Join us for a 60-minute webinar where you and your colleagues will discover:

•    Podcasting Essentials: How to Create Professional Quality Podcasts
•    The 7 stages of podcasting – From Conception to Launch
•    Editing Tips & Tricks – How to Create Professional Effects
•    How to Take Your Podcast Public

The Podcasting Checklist – What You Need to Know
•    Pre-Podcasting questions you should be asking
•    Tools of the Trade – where to get the necessary software for FREE
•    Setting up your recording environment to ensure radio quality sound

Podcasting Fundamentals- The ABC’s of Creating an MP3 File
•    How to record first-class audio – no professional studio necessary
•    Editing audio- How to add equalization, effects & background music
•    Encoding audio – how to convert your file to Podcast format

Syndication- Everything Your Need to Know to Take Your Podcast Public
•    The lowdown on uploading- how to put your podcast in the public eye
•    RSS Feeds- what to watch for & changes that effect your audience
•    Guarantee Success- How to put your podcast to the test

Live question and answer session – Have your specific podcasting questions answered.

Link to Higher Ed Hero here: http://www.higheredhero.com/8R/0


Higher Ed Hero December 27, 2008

Posted by Jeff in General.

FYI… I’ll be giving an audio conference in a couple weeks through Higher Ed Hero… the website is here: http://www.higheredhero.com/59/0

Podcasting on Campus: Why, How, & What You Need to Know to Do it Better

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

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The portable and on-demand nature of podcasting makes it a technology worth pursuing, implementing, and supporting. Not to mention student demand. But is your school making the most of all that podcasting has to offer? Join us for a 60-minute audio conference where you and your colleagues will discover:

  • What is a Podcast?
  • Learn the top 6 Reasons to Podcast as a University
  • Step-by-step Guide to Podcasting
  • Learn the Technology and Resource Requirements of Podcasting
  • The most common Podcasting pitfalls & how to avoid them


This practical 60-minute, audio conference will provide you and your colleagues with new answers to the what, why, and how of podcasting.


  • Podcasting on Campus-More than Meets the iPod
    • Podcasting questions you should be asking
    • Course – casting – taking teaching & learning to a whole new level
    • How to employ podcasting for faculty & staff development
    • How to use podcasts in your enrollment and fundraising efforts
  • iPod Therefore I am – What You Need to Know to Produce Podcasts
    • The 7 stages of podcasting – from conception to subscription
    • Tools of the Trade – podcasting technical & resource requirements
    • How to Build a Podcasting Studio on ANY budget
  • Potential Podcasting Problems – How to Avoid Them on Your Campus
    • How to stay ahead of the podcast learning curve
    • Podcasting Legal Issues – What you need to know to avoid them
    • Tips & Tricks for providing IT support for podcasters
  • Live question and answer session – Have your specific podcasting questions answered

6 Months of Podcasting September 1, 2008

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Hello All.

I’m alive and well, yes.  Thank you for all the notes sent asking me how things are and letting me know how the blog has impacted you.  I’ve been away from posting for about 6 months now and wanted to give those of you interested a short update.

Podcasting, when I entered the technology, was confusing.  Recording, encoding, and writing RSS feeds were all things that took different technologies or a computer science degree to accomplish.  Over time, software and podcasting hosts have become so advanced that the time of the ‘computer guy’ who needs to help you podcast is gone.

At the beginning of 2008, I decided to refocus my efforts (as I do every so many years) on something new.  Business technology, and the applications that help businesses do what they do has always intriqued me.  Over the last 6 months, I’ve been able to do a lot of research in the area and found a void when it comes to applications and systems that help with strategy.

I became so interested in the concepts that my newest endeavors include pursuing an Executive MBA at Rice University and becoming a member of the project team for the Business Genome (http://business-genome.com).

I am still teaching classes on podcasting, consulting with several businesses, speaking at conferences or teaching workshops when asked, and most importantly answering questions that come to me from you all.  So, though I’m not updating this blog any longer… if you need some help… you know where to find me.

Take Care!

At the Apple Store in Brea, California September 28, 2007

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We decided to head out to Brea tonight to go to our favorite hangout here: Taps Fish House & Brewery. Before we did, we headed to the Apple store.  I’m there now on a new iMac, decided to take my picture, and post this.  I know it has nothing to do with podcasting, but when I get back to the hotel, I’m going to post the notes from a great screencasting session I went to this afternoon.


Vision, Focus, and Execution August 1, 2007

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Went to a great session today at the Campus Technology 2007. It had nothing to do with podcasting, but it hit home with one of my other passions: leadership strategies.

John Camp, retired CIO from Wayne State University, talked about how a CIO must have a vision of how IT can advace the university and how technology will have a positive impact on teaching, learning, and research across all departments, schools, and colleges. About half of CIOs (and this percentage is growing) now sit at the president’s cabinet, included as key players in institutional strategy… but having that strategic view and vision is not enough; the CIO has to be able to focus on that vision and then execute it.

He went through three main points:

  1. What is the role and qualifications of a leader in IT.
  2. What are the top issues that someone in that position has to face?
  3. What does Vision, Focus, and Execution look like in action?

I’ve shared my semi-detailed notes with a few people already. Let me know if you’d like me to email them to you.

IMG Podcast Host Job Opening March 28, 2007

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The Inside Mac Games Podcast is looking for a new host for the weekly show. The potential host much be funny, easy going, and know his stuff when it comes to gaming on the Macintosh platform. If would like to apply for the position, you must make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a Mac
  • Must have extensive knowledge of Macintosh games, hardware, and OS X
  • Must have a high-speed Internet connection (one that can handle skype with up to 4 participants without lagging out and causing bad sound quality).
  • A decent microphone, or headset (can not use internal mic)
  • A nice personality is a bonus.
  • Also, please be aware that this is an English language podcast so the applicant must speak English well.

If you think you’ve got what it takes send an email to imgpodcast-at-insidemacgames-dot-com with your application. If they think you got what it takes, they will hold a test interview with you over skype, which will be a sort of, fake episode.

There is currently no pay for the position, but if you are accepted, you will get all of the following:

  • Free IMG Pro for as long as you are the host
  • The opportunity to work with the other hosts as well as David (Peachey) Mckeitch our sound editor
  • Opportunity to meet and interview the Developers and other leaders of the Macintosh gaming industry.
  • And of course, the chance to have your name shining in lights on the home page of Inside Mac Games once a week.

Again, send applications to: imgpodcast-at-insidemacgames-dot-com.

Word of the Year – from ‘Podcast’ to ‘Carbon Neutral’ January 1, 2007

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Podcasting – an act, a social interaction, a communication tool between individuals, a way of empowering people who have a message to take to nations… all around a very big deal. How big? I was thinking about the new year and thought about how podcasting was the word of the year for 2005, and carbon neutral was designated just a few months ago for 2006 by the New Oxford American Dictionary.

Being carbon-neutral means that you don’t run on an energy source that comes from fossil fuels… or… if you do, the carbon that is released can be cancelled out by something else that is done. This word is a description of the process, but also has bigger implications. Becoming carbon neutral means a better environment for everyone.

Thinking along those lines and realizing that each word of the year is relatively as important as the next… does that show you how important podcasting really is? Being carbon-neutral has an effect on the health of the entire world. How about podcasting?

I have listened to podcasts that have bettered my life tremendously, and those of my family and friends. Knowledge that is communicated over the media has not only impacts individuals, but businesses, religions, educational institutions, and political movements just to name a few.

Podcasting is a technology, yes… but I believe it to be a earth changing technology that I will continue to research and promote in this new year.