Podcasting and Presentation

This is another in a review series I’ve produced from earlier posts on my use of podcasts and podcasting production for learning and teaching. At a recent conference I was asked for samples of what I’ve created, so here I’m going to showcase a few of the podcast productions mentioned in the last post.

2007 Shakespeare in Queen’s Park Festival: Behind the Scenes. Essentially, this is a series of interviews with creatives and artists involved in the project. The podcasts were embedded in the Festival website, and apart from their promotional value, they also give an insider’s view on the whole process. They also form part of an archive of materials which can be freely accessed. Have a look around while you’re there. The interviews were recorded on an Olympus D20 digital recorder, edited in Garageband and published in iWeb.

Shakespeare in Queen’s Park Festival: Sonnets for Valentine’s Day. You can find this one on the iTunes Store. Students (and a couple of staff) feature on this bunch of sonnets which were progressively released in the days leading up to the feast of the patron saint of lovers. It was of course, a shameless way of plugging the Festival!

Putting the work on the iTunes Store gave our little project some hefty profile. We rose to #9 in the Top 25 of all podcasts in our genre. Very exciting. These sonnets were recorded in the studios of DEC at the University of Southern Queensland. Sound Engineer: Jason Myatt.

Talking Theatre. Some of my early podcasts on theatre history were designed to complement printed course study materials. Some were intended to replace lectures, and varied in length from 10 through 20 minutes or so. Here’s an introduction to podcasting and to the course it supported; it was the first episode in a lecture series from 2006. I made it to assist students to come to terms with using the technology to learn … and to provide them with some focus on what they would be learning, as well as how. It was created in Garageband and published in iWeb. Here it is now in YouTube. Ah, the wonders of Web 2.0!


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