ALT Blog Post: Supporting with Podcasting

ALT Blog Post: Supporting with Podcasting


hello everyone and welcome to this my
first blog post for the association of learning technologists blog and I hope
you enjoyed this and just a few things to start off with my name is Ian Wilson
I’m a senior lecturer at York st. John University I think you can see the
Minster there in the background and second thing I would like to say is that
I apologise if my eyes tend to be flicking all over the place it’s because
I don’t have a teleprompter at the moment and I’m recording this at home so sorry
in my studio and so yeah so here we are so let’s let me just move the microphone
slightly let’s go for it shall we so I’ll read it to you as best as I can
including subtitles so first up the preamble so I’m a great believer in
pushing boundaries and trying new things being heavily involved or interested in
technology the world of live streaming and YouTube content these are the areas
that I’m constantly engaging with the possibilities I think to support
learning with these is well documented however when I was deciding how I was
going to keep in touch with and support the students that I work with when they
were on placement and left my comfortable area of live-streaming in
favour of podcasting being a avid blogger I had often
produced an audio version of my blog post although the actual podcasting was
quite new to me I wanted the podcasts to be useful informative and provides
some element of human or being humorous and being human as well in essence I
wanted the students to recognise my own personalities within the podcasts as
well as the content being beneficial for them I also wanted them to the podcast
that is to sound good technically as in the quality because I was aware from my
own personal engagement with podcasts that if the quality was poor the
engagement probably would reflect that I wasn’t sure whether I would be making
future podcasts and I guess I could have just started with a microphone that I
already had and the free software that I often use called audacity however I
always feel better about things if I have some decent equipment so I invested
in a rode microphone and the podcaster Pro I was impressed by the quality of
both of these and I must say they made me feel quite professional and the
quality of the recordings were even if I say so myself
quite good as for the content well initially this was a blank page but
after a few emails to the students and some thinking on my walk to work I came
up with some segments that would be included in each episode number one what
the students should be doing during the following week number two support them
with their school based tasks number three answer any of their questions that
they sent to me number four some a teaching idea that they might be able to
use on placement and number five some sort of motivational advice every Friday
I managed to sit down with my Google Docs and write the script for the
episode now not being on camera would allow me to actually read from the
script and also I didn’t really want to spend too much time editing the podcast
afterwards it was definitely going to be a one-take podcast unlike this video
that has taken many takes well after I’d written the script I
would recall the podcast and get it published now from an early female from
a student it appeared that some of them listen to
the podcast on the way home from their placements I was always keen to have it
up and live ready for about 4 o’clock in the afternoon the wou castor Pro
recorded well to audacity and since the buttons on it allowed me to play jingles
as the show progressed yes I had jingles I did have to do some limiting editing
after the recording but it was usually just a matter of some noise reduction
and tidying up the beginning and the end I didn’t have a pop a logo or anything
and I’m not that creative when it comes to Photoshop and illustrator so I just
decided to use images of cute animals from the wonderful site pixabay.com they
are free under Creative Commons license and so yeah that just made the episode
thumbnail a little bit more appealing I already had an account with something
called audio boom from when I used to record my blog my blog posts from Wilson
waffling co uk and if you are interested then you can
always press the QR code here and that will take it yeah even on the screen you
could do it now here I’ll take you to my webpage yes so I already had an audio
boom account so I quickly added a playlist and for the five-week duration
made an episode every week it’s always important to look back over
a pilot idea and assess how well it and it went now even after the first episode
had gone live a few students emailed me to say thank you and to provide
questions for the next episode it was from these first emails that the service
sections were added to the schedule overall the feedback was positive
I acknowledged from the listing figures that not everybody was listening to it
throughout the placement but I was confident that the podcast was
supporting some of the learners one student informed me that they stored all
the teaching ideas for future placements and that it was really beneficial to
have the questions answered initially the podcast was never meant to have
positive impacts on the students grades if anything the focus was more on
supporting them and their well-being while they were away from University and
from the analytics and the positive emails it was felt that this was
achieved I did wonder whether I should do a
similar podcast for the first years while they were on placement but time
and energy at my age didn’t really allow for this I still have the equipment
ready for my next go at podcasting and I’ve already started to work on a new
idea for the start of the new academic year will I do podcast for next year’s
placements well I think I will if time allows of course I thought they were
very useful and supported the general well-being of the students you never
know I do a lot of live streaming in my part-time career so I might even start
to have a go on that one thing I will continue to do is to engage with new
technologies and in order to support the students especially when they are
working away from the university or learning at the distance so just to
finish off to remind you that my name has been ian Wilson what still is my
name is Ian Wilson and senior lecturer York st. John University heads the
Minster I hope you’ve enjoyed this my first attempt as a blog post for this
website and let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see anything else
for me or if you have any more any questions I
would love to answer them so until next time please remember to be yourself and
say what you think because the people in mind don’t matter and the people who
matter don’t mind have fun and I will catch you all later and until then happy
podcasting see ya

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