Sample 3: Podcast
At IRSC Virtual Campus we, not only help faculty design and develop online instruction, but we also offer a variety of professional development opportunities. One of them is the Virtual Campus Instructor Training (VCIT), which is a series of online classes they can take to improve their skills and use towards recertification.
The purpose of this project is to add this podcast and the infographic on "Cognitive Load Reduction - Segmentation and Signaling" (available at http://www.easel.ly/browserEasel/3277492) to the online training course for IRSC Virtual Campus instructors.
This podcast is to be a separate instructional piece that supplements the infographic. However, this podcast is not supposed to be played in conjunction with the infographic in order to avoid cognitive overload.
By using an infographic and a podcast in VCIT, we will be modeling formats and instructional strategies we would like our instructors to use in their online classes. Therefore, we are planning to have VCIT attendees create an infographic and a podcast (that they can use with their own students) as part of their assignments in this training series.
The equipment used was a Blue Snow Ball microphone connected to my personal computer.
The software used for recording and editing the sound files was the open source software Audacity.
I entered the text of the script into a script timer to calculate the approximate length of the audio file (available at http://www.edgestudio.com/production/words-to-time-calculator).
A royalty free soundtrack was taken from:
Struttin' with Clarence by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/NiGiD/49816 Ft: Clarence Simpson
I had not had experience with optimizing sound quality for either podcasts or videocasts, because, at my workplace, we count on our videographers to do that. However, I learned it is important to know the basics of how a podcast or videocast should be planned, recorded, and edited. Those skills will be handy either when you are working alone or when you have a project management responsibility.
I found out that, often times, instructional designers can demand a better quality product from their team (or contractors) if instructional designers are knowledgeable of technical procedures such as the one involved in this project. These types of technical skills can definitely make us better project managers.