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The Why and How of Educational Institution Podcasting Webcast November 2, 2007

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As an update to this post: GHEC Presentation, the video is now online at http://www.vbpresenter.com/kbeedon/frey.


Why and How to Make a Live/Dead Room for Recording October 18, 2007

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A lot of studios pride them selves in having a ‘dead’ room. What’s that mean? 1 – it’s free and clear of ambient noise and 2 – it has enough treatments in it to soak up any sound made in the room (so as not to hear an echo).

When recording at home, sometimes it’s hard to get a dead room. Heating/AC vents, windows, neighbors, etc. all contribute to those ambient noises that you’re trying to keep out of your recording. You can also be the culprit with loose clothing, watches, a squeaky chair, computer fan, and even things like moving papers around.

I get questions all the time around the subject, and want to talk about how to make a live/dead room.

A completely dead room is great if you have a lot of equipment to put live sound back in (depending on the level). In most cases, it’s good to have a little bit of presence in your room to make the recording sound alive. The trick for making a live/dead room is curtains.

Hang curtain rods at the wall ceiling joint all around the room (like crown molding). Get the bar type that you can just thread rings onto. Buy curtains that extend from ceiling to floor, and buy enough curtains to wrap all the way around the room and buy them thick enough that they will trap sound coming at them, and keep sound from getting through to you (like say from a window or door).

“Open” the curtains and tuck them in the corners of the room when not recording or recording and needing a live room. The curtains in the corners will act as bass traps, but will leave the walls open for some genuine reverb. When you need a dead room, close the curtains… pulling them over doors, windows, wood furniture against the walls, pictures, etc. Once you understand your room a little better, you may want to close just one wall, partially close another, or open opposite facing walls depending on your microphone placement.

Of course, I always recommend auralex room kits for recording studios… but if you’re a home studio and use your room for multiple things like live recording, dead recording, and a game room :)… curtains are an easy and a relatively inexpensive way to treat your room.

Podcasting Magazines October 2, 2007

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I don’t think I’ve ever done a post on these two magazines, but I saw them at the expo this year and it reminded me that I should.

Any magazine that comes out about podcasting is going to have a lot of ads. They’re going to have to be ad driven in order to make enough money to produce the magazine. That’s just a fact. What I like about these magazines though… is that I actually READ the ads. Their all about stuff I need (okay… want) anyway and things that I can tell clients and friends they should be buying (mostly so I can play with them and not have to pay). Also, you’ll see full page spreads on the latest class, conference, or discussion that you should be attending that you didn’t know about before.

Podcast User Magazine
Over 20 issues now, and each one has interviews, news that you should actually read and know, and reviews of upcoming events as well as explanations of past ones. The best thing I like about this magazine is that is usually has some educational articles in it as well. Last month was about microphone proximity. Maybe the very best thing about it is that the online pdf version of it is a free download.

They are on their sixth or seventh issue now, and it has rapidly become a great magazine. Not only does it have reviews of hardware / software, in-depth looks at conferences, lots of short snippets from podcasting news, but the contributing writers are great. The website is a bit of a struggle to navigate and ‘read’ the magazine from, so I suggest subscribing for the $80 a year.

10 Secret Habits to Podcast Stardom with Franklin McMahon September 29, 2007

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Franklin McMahon went through 10 habits to making your podcast a dominate force on the new media scene… and how to be a rock star.  He talked about how these secret habits need to be practiced over and over again.  Here are my notes:

1. Market out of the podcast bubble
⁃ other podcasters first, targeted promo creation
⁃ but not just that, do press releases, tv, radio
⁃ target the world, how to tvs, cell phones, game consoles, etc.
⁃ work social networks and get into where your niche is
⁃ quality of places and what you do with them is better than quantity
2. Take aim at profitability
⁃ your podcast is making as much as you want it now, no more no less
⁃ deal with money, be comfy with it
⁃ make it a mission to make money if you want to, focus on it
⁃ don’t handle revenue or sales, delegate it
⁃ make sure profits help you grow the show
3. Promote what separates you
⁃ look at what you have that others do not have
⁃ be unique and stress your strength
⁃ how many elements does your show contain that can’t be found elsewhere?
⁃ you? you can’t get you on other shows, promote that
⁃ make them love you or hate you, people get passionate about it
⁃ don’t make it so everyone will love it, disagree with some things
4. Be a rock star
⁃ confidence, big vision, no talent needed… just drive, be tenacious
⁃ face forward, market everything with your images
⁃ a lot is luck, chance meetings, running into people, etc
⁃ get a professional photographer
⁃ secret to getting what you want… ask
⁃ audio is intimate, video is personal… fans are dedicated
5. Create a community
⁃ it’s a family, not a show, bring people into your community
⁃ a community will stay with you if something goes wrong
⁃ they can be steered as well, moved to do things
⁃ higher numbers let you take more changes
⁃ start a movement, rally the fans, let them do things
6. Content before marketing
⁃ don’t get lost on the web, keep the content flow going
⁃ under promise and over deliver
⁃ treat stats professionally, not personally
⁃ stats are like waves, need to shake them to get them going
⁃ don’t let production weight you down, low res is better than no res
⁃ blog is not the best website for every show… think differently
7. Don’t make a show, build a brand
⁃ do several shows, formats, ratings, demographics, etc.
⁃ time, skills, imagination, and who… 4 career stages
⁃ niche or go wide, middle ground is boring
⁃ create a new market, a new industry, be first, be best
⁃ know who your market is, keep on topic
⁃ position yourself as an expert, become the go-to person on it
8. Have a game plan
⁃ have a plan, goals, benchmarks, roadmap how it’s going to work
9. Delegate what you’re not good at
⁃ get a designer for your logo and website
⁃ some might not even get to the show if the site is lame
⁃ you may have 30 seconds to win them over on your website
10. Smart Interacting
⁃ message boards vs. emails
⁃ once they are in your world, work hard to keep them
⁃ have other people
⁃ watch when you let people behind the scenes, balance, don’t reveal everything
⁃ keep some things a mystery
11. One more thing
⁃ help others, it always comes back to you

Social Software and Academic Podcasting: Your Blueprint for Success July 30, 2007

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Just wanted to spread this around. Presented by Frank Lowney , Keith Politte , Jim Wolfgang at the Campus Technology 2007 Conference today. I’ll post an update when I find the slides, but for now, the companion website for this presentation: http://sleepy.gcsu.edu/podcasting1101 has a list of Podcast Applications, Tutorials, and References that you may want to check into.

Abstract: White ear buds are as commonplace on today’s campuses as backpacks. But can handheld, mobile technologies like the iPod be an effective means for distributing academic content? Can video and audio podcasts via laptop establish an environment of student engagement? While “social networking” centers around the production and distribution of podcast materials, the key challenge for faculty and student support staff is to get beyond the “little boom box” stereotype and determine how the resources and tools used to produce and distribute academic podcasts can bring students together to enhance their total educational experience. During this half-day workshop, three representatives from two of the country’s leading ‘podcasting institutions’ will share their campuses’ successes engaging students through podcasting projects. Workshop participants will walk through podcasting, hardware and software options, simple production and editing procedures for video and audio content, and distribution methods. Finally, participants will build an ‘iDreamers’ list of social networking activity concepts they can adapt to bring value-added benefits to programs on their campuses.

Class Notes April 17, 2007

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The first class of “The Why and How of Podcasting” course that I am teaching at the Rice University School of Continuing Studies was last night. Checkout the Podcasting Course page for up to the date information. The course outline and brief class notes (my talking points) are posted online.

We also recorded a podcast in the class. Listen to it at TheWhyandHowofPodcasting.com.

Asked to Present at Campus Technology 2007 March 23, 2007

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I was just asked to present a poster session on “The Why and How of Podcasting” at Campus Technology 2007 in Washington, D.C.

I have gathered a bit more info from colleagues and will be able to share them in a one hour Q&A session along with bringing along some podcasting equipment for show and tell.  Most of the equipment I take will be portable podcast recorders, but I may bring a board and a mic or two along with a couple laptops to demonstrate on.

Campus Technology 2007 will be held from July 30th to August 2nd 2007 and really gives information technology professionals at educational institutions the opportunity to meet with and learn from peers.

Poster presentations will be held July 31 and August 1 from 2:00-3:00 each day in the foyer entrance to the Exhibit Hall.  I’m not sure which day I’ll be presenting… but they’ll have about 20 other poster sessions going on at the same time.

For more information on the conference, go to the conference web site:

More Rice University Course Info – Podcast Transcript 11 March 16, 2007

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The Links and Transcript to “11 – More Rice University Course Info” (3:50) released March 18, 2007 (click here to listen):

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The Transcript:

Hi, J.D. Frey here from the why and how of podcasting. There’s less than a month left until the course at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University, and I wanted to give those attending a little bit more info about what we’ll be doing and what they should expect in the course.

First, if you’re not enrolled and you’ve been *thinking* about signing up, as of last week there were still spots open. I’m not sure how many, but call 713-348-48 zero 3 to register for the course. That’s 713-348-48 zero 3.

If you’re *already* signed up for the course and listening to this… welcome! I’m looking forward to getting to know you, you’re podcasting ambitions, and help you plan, produce, publish, and promote your podcast.

Podcasting is a great way for a company to market themselves or communicate with employees, a church, ministry or non-profit to get their message out to world of listeners or communicate with members or volunteers, or just one person who has a passion about something and wants others to know about it… there are obviously many reasons to podcast… and I’m looking forward to hearing why you, coming to the class, want to do it.

So, what will we be doing in class? Our first class is April sixteenth and we will be, as I just said, sharing why we’re there and what our podcasting ambitions are. I also want to know what attendees need to get out of the class to make sure that I’m covering everything… and then we’ll be going through partaking of podcasts: how to find them, podcatchers, examples of great podcasts and maybe not so great ones… and they’ll be time left for breaks, discussions and a podcast that we produce in the class each week. It will be released here on the why and how of podcasting feed so that you can listen to it and others can hear what you’re up to in the class.

There will be homework each week that we’ll talk about or use in the following weeks class… don’t worry… it’s not a lot… you can put as much or as little effort as you want into it… it’s after all for you to learn more and work on your podcast.

Our second class will focus on planning your podcast with issues surrounding things like format, duration, equipment and such.

The third class will be all about audio. The fourth about video and screencasting. And in the fifth class we’ll talk about publishing a podcast… and not just a feeds or tags, but the other elements that podcasters use to really get their podcast out there… which kind of takes us into the sixth and last class on podcasting promotion. By that time, you’ll have watched me do a podcast like this one from start to finish, produced a podcast in class as a class, and you’ll publish your own self created podcast.

The lab that we’ll be in is Windows Operating system based, but I’ll also have a Mac OS X laptop and maybe a couple other machines that I bring in to talk about the software differences and demonstrate on.

I think that’s about all the info I had for you on the course. If you are thinking about attending and have questions, or you ARE attending and want to know something more about a class, have an issue with the date, need to contact me for some special instructions… email me at jdfrey@rice.edu… that’s J D F R E Y at rice dot E D U… or simply give me a call at 713-348-5827.

I’m J.D. Frey… if you’ve signed up for the course… I’m looking forward to meeting you soon… if you’re in the Houston area and you haven’t yet… do it… it’s going to be fun… as always… thanks for listening.

Podcasting the Course February 13, 2007

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I got an inquiry about one of the comments I made during a podcast.  I said something like we’ll be using this podcast (http://www.thewhyandhowofpodcasting.com) during my upcoming training course.  What does that mean?  Well, there are six classes in the course… and for those of you reading this and not aware… I will be giving some podcasting training right here in Houston in a couple months.  There are six classes in the course, each one three hours long.  We’ll probably need about ½ hour worth of breaks and fluff in there, so that leaves 2 and ½ hours of teaching time.  I plan on teaching for 2 of those hours (both lecture and hands on), but will take the last ½ hour of or so and podcast.

I will be bringing some hardware and software with me to produce an audio podcast on site.  Each time, I might bring something different.  During the class, I’ll interview students, have them interview each other, maybe do a sample podcast of what they want to do a podcast about… who knows.  Whatever happens that week, I’ll broadcast it out over my podcast feed.  Subscribers of the feed, hopefully the people taking the course, and maybe some of their family / friends, will be able to hear themselves and share it with others.

I will obviously encourage everyone to find a place to publish their own podcasts, but I’m happy to use mine for showcasing those in the course.  It’s going to be fun.  If you’re interested in some more information about why to podcast, or how to podcast… check it out: http://jdfrey.libsyn.com.

Learning to Podcast from Podcasters – Podcast Transcript 8 February 5, 2007

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The Links and Transcript to “8 – Learning to Podcast from Podcasters” (6:04) released February 4, 2007 (click here to listen):

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The Transcript:

Hello podcast listeners, this is J.D. Frey from the why and how of podcasting. I love to educate people about technology, and today’s podcast is all about podcasts out there that will teach you about podcasting. Of course there’s this podcast, my blog, classes, and presentations, but there are podcasts that have been educating people about podcasting since podcasting began. (sigh) I can tell already I’m going to say podcast way too many times in this… podcast.

Anyway, I will be using thewhyandhowofpodcasting to broadcast my class coming up in April where we will be going through creating it step by step. After I’ve edited all the audio, I’m going to try to break the class up into reasonable sound bites for you all to listen to.

So, on to the podcasts. I have four types of podcasts that I want to talk about, and I’m going to give you two examples of each type… that’s eight podcasts for you to listen to this week.

First, I want to tell you about two tutorials or how-to podcasts. Though podfading has taken it’s toll on one of these, and the other is a bit old… I still save them and use them as resources for people who ask.

• Apple’s GarageBand product is a great tool to use for podcasting. When iLife ’06 was released, they created 8 videos about iLife that they tied to a podcast feed. The URL is too long to tell you here, but if you’re into GarageBand, you should watch these. Just a reminder, I’m posting all of these links out with the transcript on my blog jdfrey.wordpress.com or there’s a link to it at the why and how of podcasting dot com.

• So, what if you’re on a PC? Audacity is a great piece of audio editing software and I found a really good tutorial for it from a guy on podomatic. He’s only got one podcast, but it’s a pretty good tutorial. Google audacity, tutorial, and moore… m o o r e… it should pop up as the first or second link.

Next, I’d like to talk about podcasts about podcasts. These two can keep you informed about who’s doing what in the podcasting world.

• podcast411 is an audio podcast where the host, Rob, interviews other podcasters. It is definitely a must listen to. While they talk, you will learn a lot about the podcaster being interviewed and his or her podcast, but you’ll also learn a lot about podcasting in general.

• podcastsalad is a video podcast about video podcasting. If you’re thinking about starting a video podcast, or video podcasting now, and you want to see what’s out there… this is the one. Host Katie Bavard takes you through some short clips of video podcasts while adding some cute satirical comments along the way.

Third, I’m on to podcast education podcasts. People that put a podcast together, so you can podcast better.

• First on this list, podcasting for dummies. I’m a big fan of the podcasting for dummies book… and wouldn’t you know… they started a podcast as a companion to it. If you go out to dummies dot com and search for podcasting, you can find it. Tee Morris is the one doing it. Click on the link for the book and then you’ll see at the bottom of the link bar a link for “companion podcast.” That’s actually where I got the idea to do this podcast as a companion to my class.

• Next, the school of podcasting. There is a subscription service that you can pay for where you get a bunch of podcasting tutorials and screencasts, but the podcast that’s free is the school of podcasting morning announcements. I actually don’t have time to listen to all these as they come out all the time, but I queue them up and then listen to a bunch of them during a car or plane ride.

The fourth and last podcasts that I want to make sure you take a listen to are marketing or money-making podcasts.

• Jason Van Orden’s news and tips and interviews that he does on his podcast called podcasting underground are great. Listening to this podcast could distinguish whether you’re podcast is a marketing success or failure.

• Profitable Podcasting with Paul Colligan is a podcast concerning issues about the profitability and monetization of podcasting. He interviews people doing it, and runs some numbers. I’d put these both on your must listen-to list.

So, I know I threw a lot of podcasts out at you today, but the links are out on my blog to the eight podcasts I talked about:
• GarageBand and Audacity tutorials.
• Podcast411 and Podcast Salad about other podcasts.
• Podcasting for Dummies and The School of Podcasting for Podcast Education. and
• Podcasting Underground and Profitable Podcasting for marketing and monetization.

Before I go, I’ve got a plug a talk I’m doing in Austin, in a few weeks at the Educause SouthWest Regional Conference called… what else… the why and how of podcasting. I’m going to be speaking to IT professionals from academic institutions about podcasting at a university level. Basically, I’m going to go through why universities podcast, and show some examples of podcasts from other institutions. Then. I’ll go through the steps of podcasting, and what podcasting studios at universities might look like.

If you want to check it out, go to educause.edu and click on the southwest regional conference link. I also have a link on my blog, will post the slides there, and of course… I’ll be podcasting the session once I get the audio.

So, remember, you have eight podcasts to listen to this week… and feel free to let me know if you have any podcasts that have taught you something about podcasting. I’m J.D. Frey… thanks for listening.

Two Podcasting Sessions at the Educause Southwest Regional Conferece 2007 January 4, 2007

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I’m excited to see that I’m not the only one talking about podcasting at our upcoming regional conference of Educause. Click here to go to the conference website. Two out of the 10 sessions in the track titled “Technology Tools and Infrastructure” are about podcasting. The popular topic of online learning is well represented with three sessions, two more are around libraries and digital archiving, and the rest are about virtualization, PDAs, and VoIP. What does this say to the direction of podcasting in education? Well, considering that last year’s conference didn’t have any sessions on podcasting, I’d say we’re headed in the right direction.

At this year’s conference, Stuart Glogoff, Sr. Consultant in the Learning Technologies Department at The University of Arizona, will be giving a talk entitled: “Campus Casting Call: Engaging Students and Faculty with Podcasting.”

He will be talking on how the Learning Technologies Center at The University of Arizona is leading a campus initiative that weaves podcasting into classroom and distance instruction. The melding of this new technology with the traditional classroom, online and hybrid instruction, and hands-on student experience brings more flexibility to instructors and a deeper learning experience to students.

UPDATE: See this post for more info on his presentation. 

My talk, “The Why and How of Podcasting,” will talk through some of the research that I’ve done on why colleges and universities podcast. Hopefully, this will spark some ideas in the minds of the attendees and they will find new answers as to why they should be podcasting. I also want them to go away understanding the step-by-step process of podcasting, and I plan to put together handout that list the technical requirements (hardware/software/audio/etc) of a podcaster/podcasting studio with specific setups for all budgets.

UPDATE: View my presentation here. 

Both sessions are on Thursday, February 22, 2007. Stuart will be speaking from 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and my session is from 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

2007 Podcast and New Media Expo Registration Now Open December 6, 2006

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Just a quick note to let you know that online registration is now open for the 2007 Podcast and New Media Expo. The 2007 expo will have an expanded focus on video podcasting and production as well as sessions on advanced techniques to grow your audience.

As always, exhibit hall access, keynotes and after-hours events are free. The conference early bird price is $199 and includes any session in any track.

2007 Conference Tracks:
– Track 1: Audio & Video Podcasting 101 – A to Z for Beginners – Get Up To Speed Fast
– Track 2: Attracting & Growing Your Audience – Low Cost & Guerrilla Marketing Techniques
– Track 3: The Business of Podcasting & New Media – Monetization & Business Podcasting
– Track 4: Advanced Audio & Video Production – Advanced “How To” Techniques
– Track 5: New Media for Educators & Musicians – specific sessions for each

Further details and online registration can be found at: http://www.NewMediaExpo.com.

Contents of this post copied from an email received from Tim Bourquin, Founder of the Podcast and New Media Expo.

September 28-30, 2007
Ontario Convention Center

Podcasting Course Flyer November 16, 2006

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I know this is pretty far away, but they opened registration and gave me this to hand out and post as a resource for those of you who might want to download it:

Podcast Course Flyer Images

Click the image to download a pdf version of the document.

School of Continuing Studies at Rice University Podcasting Course Promo – Podcast Transcript 1 November 10, 2006

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This is just a quick update to the podcasting course I’m teaching. I was asked to record a short promo for it and I’m including the transcript of it here. (Click here for advice on podcasting transcription.)

Transcript to “1 – Rice University Course Promo” (4:01) released November 16, 2006 (click here to listen):

Hi, this is Jeff Frey. I’m going to be teaching a course at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas titled: The Why and How of Podcasting. It’s going be on Monday nights, six of them from April 16th to May 21st, 2007, from 6 to 9 o’clock. The school of continuing studies offers personal / professional development courses to the greater Houston area, and in this course, we’re going to be going through… just actually what it says… the why and how of podcasting. I’m going to take a couple minutes here to just talk through some of the questions that we’ll answer in the class, maybe the people that might want attend, and a question or two that I’ve already received about the course.

So, the Why and How of Podcasting… one of the questions obviously that I’ll address is why start podcasting? How about why to continue or restart podcasting? There will be some discussion around why podcasting has been embraced by some and not by others. The ‘how’ of podcasting gets into the technical portions. How to write a script? Set up a studio. How to record, produce, publish… the actual tasks of putting a podcast together and getting it out there. I guess there will be a bit of the ‘what’ and the ‘who’ in there is well. Ah, what is podcasting? What do I need to do it? And… who is podcasting? Who’s listening to podcasts? Who do I go to for more information or help about podcasting? Questions like that. So, you’ll have to come to the class for most of those answers, but for that last question, about help, you can check out my podcasting blog at jdfrey dot wordpress dot com. I’ve been helping business, churches, universities, and individuals podcast, and on the blog I basically share research that I’ve done, resources to use, podcasts to listen to, and I’ll write more about this course specifically as the time comes closer to it. I’m hoping that use it as kind of a companion to the class… so again, if you’re interested in taking the class… or even if you just want some more information about podcasting, go to j-d-f-r-E-y… so that’s jdfrey… dot wordpress dot com.

People that should attend the class. I always get that question when I speak or teach… sooo… I’d say whether you’re just wondering about what podcasting actually is. You’re thinking about doing a podcast and want to get started. Doing a podcast now and have some questions about monetization or tracking or something like that. Or maybe podfading has taken over and you’ve got a dead podcast on your hands and you need some help reviving it or starting a new one. I’m going to have specific directed content in this course for each of the situations that I just mentioned.

I did get a question already about the course being in a pc lab. I was a windows business guy for a while and became over time primarily mac based guy… but it’s important to note that podcasting is not tied to any one platform. We’ll be in a pc lab, but I’ll have some apple equipment that I bring in for us to play with as well. If you’re thinking about coming to the class and you have some questions like that one, feel free to email me… there’s an email link on my blog… or even if you aren’t coming to class and you have a question or two about podcasting… just let me know. I’ll either point you in the right direction, or address it on-line.

Sign-up early, space is limited. Go to www dot scs dot rice dot edu… the scs stands for school of continuing studies. You’ll see a link to Spring 2007, and again the course is six Mondays, from April 16th to May 21st, 2007, from 6 to 9 o’clock at night… it’s titled The How and Why of Podcasting. I’m Jeff Frey, your instructor for the course, and it’ll be at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas… I hope to see you in class.

The Why and How of Podcasting November 6, 2006

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Thanks for the feedback on last week’s series about Podcast Captioning and Podcast Transcription. I put a lot of time into the research and compilation of those posts (as did some of my friends and colleagues), and the emails help to know it’s worth while.

This post is really just about a piece of info that some of you in the Houston area may be interested in. I will be teaching a course entitled “The Why and How of Podcasting” at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University. It will be on six Monday nights, April 16th through May 21, 2007, from 6pm to 9pm at night.

Topics will include the following:

  • an overview of podcasting
  • planning your podcast and issues surrounding content, frequency, and style
  • creating audio and video for podcasting along with eq and mixing techniques
  • compressing audio, adding metadata, art work, etc.
  • publishing tools, posting, and RSS feeds
  • promoting your podcast using blogs, directories, and pr tools

Really… just “why” you would podcast and the questions surrounding getting into it… then the “how” of actually doing it. It will be part lecture, part discussion, and part hands on doing it. It has been suggested that I start a podcast as a companion leading up to the class and then podcast segments of the course after it’s over. I am in the process of getting that set up and will probably start those in January 2007.

I can’t do a post and not give you some piece of podcasting information… so here it is:

If you are in the greater Houston Texas area and want to link up with other podcasters close by, go to http://www.houstonpodcasting.org. The website isn’t updated that often, but you can create a profile there that will allow you to give them your podcast feed information. They take all the feeds of the members and combine them to make one feed: http://houstonpodcasting.org/feeds/ghpa.xml. When you publish your podcast to your own feed, it also goes to anyone subscribed to this compilation feed.