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Podcasting Basics. Mike Ho Program Advisor, Student Life Paradise Valley Community College February 3, 2006. Student Life At PVCC . Student Life is the “hub” of campus involvement. Students actively “dis-engage”.

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Podcasting basics

Podcasting Basics

Mike Ho

Program Advisor, Student Life

Paradise Valley Community College

February 3, 2006


Student life at pvcc
Student Life At PVCC

  • Student Life is the “hub” of campus involvement.

  • Students actively “dis-engage”.

  • The Challenge: How to reach out to students so they can participate in all aspects of campus life, including activities, clubs, and support services.


What is podcasting
What is Podcasting?

A method of publishing audio broadcasts via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files (usually MP3s). It became popular in late 2004, largely due to automatic downloading of audio onto portable players or personal computers.


What is podcasting1
What is Podcasting?

  • Podcasting enables independent producers to create self-published, syndicated "radio shows.“

  • Listeners may subscribe to feeds using "podcatching" software, which periodically checks for and downloads new content automatically. Some podcatching software is also able to synchronize (copy) podcasts to portable music players.

  • Any digital audio player or computer with audio-playing software can play podcasts.


College radio vs podcasting

Radio

Mostly Music

Requires studio from which to broadcast

Live Broadcast

Accessible by radio or desktop computer

Podcasting

Mostly Talk

Requires webserver to store audio files

Pre-recorded Content

Accessible by computer but usable by PC, MAC, iPod, Mp3 Players, or PDA

College Radio Vs. Podcasting



5 things every podcaster needs to get started1
5 Things Every Podcaster Needs to Get Started

  • A Concept

  • Desktop Microphones

  • Recording and Editing Software

  • Content

  • Hosting Space


Item 1 a concept
Item #1: A Concept

  • Who is the target audience? Students? Faculty? Staff? The Community?

  • What is the purpose?

  • Who will be involved?

  • How often will these be produced?

  • What types of items will be featured?


Item 2 desktop microphone
Item #2: Desktop Microphone

  • Plugs directly into the microphone port.

  • Surprisingly Effective

  • $10.00 at Office Max


Item 2 desktop microphone1
Item #2: Desktop Microphone

  • Consider a Y Audio Splitter

  • Connect two microphones to the same port

  • $3.00 at Radio Shack


Item 3 recording and editing software
Item #3: Recording and Editing Software

  • Freeware: Audacity

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

  • “How-To” Guide in mcli Forum Newsletter Volume 9, Spring 2005

    http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/forum/


Item 3 recording and editing software1
Item #3: Recording and Editing Software

  • Creating an Mp3 file

    • Keep bit rate small for faster downloads

    • Typical Mp3 is 128kb/second

    • Reduce to 80kb/s or less for voice recordings


Item 4 content
Item #4: Content

  • Interviews with faculty, staff, student leaders

  • Public service announcements

  • Upcoming campus events

  • Sound clips from visiting performers


Item 4 content tips
Item #4: Content Tips

  • Interviews: Provide questions to interviewees in advance ESPECIALLY STUDENTS.

  • Music: Use Royalty Free Music

    • Royalty Free Music.comhttp://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/free-music-loops.html

    • Opuzzhttp://www.opuzz.com


Item 5 hosting space
Item #5: Hosting Space

At PVCC, our podcasts can be found on our

Student Life Weblog.


Item 5 hosting space1
Item #5: Hosting Space

Skagit Valley Collegeposts to Blogger.com

http://svcpodcasts.blogspot.com/


Item 5 hosting space2
Item #5: Hosting Space

  • iTunes University: http://www.apple.com/education/solutions/itunes_u/

  • FREE Hosting Service


You ve created a podcast now what
You’ve Created a Podcast. Now What?

  • How will your audience know your podcast exists?

    • Advertising on the college website

    • Welcome Week Information Cards

    • Word of Mouth

    • Thomson-Peterson’s College and University Feed Directory

      http://directory.edufeeds.com/


RSS

  • Really Simple Syndication

    • The technology of RSS allows Internet users to subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds; these are typically sites that change or add content regularly.

  • Podcatchers: Programs to download RSS Feeds

    • iTunes

    • iPodder

    • Mozilla or Netscape 8.0 Browsers


Opportunities student recruitment
Opportunities: Student Recruitment

  • Target Populations

    • Online Students

    • English Language Learners

    • Athletes

    • Performing Arts Students

  • Orientation Sessions

    • For Students Unable to Attend Traditional Orientation

    • Senior Night


Opportunities student engagement
Opportunities: Student Engagement

  • Inform Students About Campus Events

  • Help Students “Meet” Faculty and Staff Members as well as other students

  • Supplemental Education for Classrooms


Why podcast
Why Podcast?

  • Easy and Fun

  • Cost Effective

  • Excitement of Experimentation

    • Video Podcasting

    • i Tunes University


For a copy of this presentation

For A Copy of This Presentation

http://eport.maricopa.edu/


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