Podcasting part 2: Making a Podcast

I eventually decided to use Garageband software to record my podcast(s) because this was software I already had on the computer and I was having some technical difficulties with Audacity. This was a much simpler process as I was able to export the audio as Mp3 files without having to use Lame in addition to Audacity. The first podcast was scripted because I wanted to say something specific and was not confident I would be able to get everything across that I had wanted to, I was also referring to a specific quotation. I reflected in my podcast that more experience, analysis and experimentation would be needed to help me to gain confidence in making one without a script. Even scripted, it was difficult, probably more difficult in some ways than just talking. I became aware of the voice patterns I was making, the wrong emphasis being made at times as well as the awkward and stilted moments.

I discussed the ‘explaining voice’ in my podcast which was fun to be talking about, especially when I was probably demonstrating it so badly! This in itself has enabled me to consider what the ‘explaining voice’ might mean in more depth as well as give me an insight into the nuances of recording audio. I made some notes straight after the final version was recorded, I think there must have been about ten attempts before I settled with the final one and straight after this I made an unscripted podcast which analysed my experience. I found the analysis recording really useful to do because I was able to examine the ‘explaining voice’ ideas further through demonstration as well as being able to reflect upon my experience.

Out of both experiences I preferred the second, unscripted recording, but would have struggled to do this with the initial content I was communicating. Perhaps this emphasises the importance of selecting content to podcast that you have a complete sense of ownership over or are able to talk to your audience rather than from a sheet of paper. I felt that reading the script was a passive experience for me and this came across and made this a less engaging podcast. In order to develop the sense of learning emerging and being constructed together, between learner and speaker, the words need to happen spontaneously rather than be rehearsed.

The podcasts can be listened to here:

Podcasts link


O’Connor, M. (2010) ‘The learning and teaching partnership of the community radio and tertiary education sectors at radio Adelaide, 2SER and 2MCE’, Electronic Journal of Learning and Teaching (E-JoLT) Issue 6, August. 

Podcasting part 1.

I have experimented with recording my voice over the course of H800 and H808 mainly to record thoughts and content for essays or to stop moments of clarity disappearing. It has also been a convenient way whilst driving to ramble on to myself in a fairly unselfconscious way with the intended audience just being me. using my i-Phone and recording straight into Evernote or using the ‘voice memos’ function on the phone I have recorded a couple of minutes at a time and used them for my own record rather than public. From doing this I have experimented with recording introductions to course modules I teach, in a similar way but had them converted into MP3’s and put on the VLE Moodle. These were very much experiments and the technical support by a colleague, a specialist in music/sound recording removed the technical part of the process for me – partly for efficiency and also with the intention to learn how to do it myself. The introductions were a way of giving a brief explanation of the content as a friendly positive start to the module as well as something students could refer back to at different points. I would like to develop how these could be used at different points throughout a module and research into optimum time length as well as how students engage with them.
Now on H808 I need to create a Podcast and really get to grips with the whole process myself as well as discuss an area that interests me. I feel slightly apprehensive but also relived that I now have a specific reason to get to grips with something I have been meaning to for some time. I am really interested in the use of audio in terms of how it can be used in teaching, learning and assessment, in particular that the use of the voice can actually help to explain and for the learner to understand. The explaining voice is something I explored a little on H800 in my first TMA I used a quote by Michelle O’Connor ‘the voice that performs understanding. The explaining voice doesn’t just convey information; it shapes, out of a shared atmosphere, an intimate drama of cognitive action in time’ (Campbell 2005 quoted in O’Connor 2010 p.30). I went on to say that I found the notion of the ‘explaining voice’ really interesting in terms of confidence that the learner has in the teacher, partly because of the authority with which the information is being delivered but also because of the emphasis that is placed as well as the enthusiasm for the content, elements that can be missed when reading to oneself. My next few posts will be a documentation of the process of recording, processing and publicising the podcast as well as the podcast itself.
O’Connor, M. (2010) ‘The learning and teaching partnership of the community radio and tertiary education sectors at radio Adelaide, 2SER and 2MCE’, Electronic Journal of Learning and Teaching (E-JoLT) Issue 6, August.