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Turning Your Lectures into a Podcast

Turning Your Lectures into a Podcast

Taking a classroom online is hard.
You've designed your lessons for a in-person experience and now you need to take it online. How can you get your lectures into the hands of your students without trying to record video or coordinating a meeting time?

How to do help students who don't have a ton of bandwidth for video or might not always be connected to the internet?

Turning your lectures into a podcast is the answer.
Podcasts are super portable, easily distributed, and a lot of bandwidth or persistent internet connection. They let you talk to your students, emphasis the important parts, and deliver you lecture as you intended.

Learn how to take your lectures and turn them into a podcast in this webinar. Your hosts, Joe Casabona and Chris Badget, will cover:

What a podcast is
Why a podcast is a great format for your lectures
Ways to record your podcast easily (and affordably)
How long the podcast should be
Using Anchor.fm
Keeping your podcast private (if you want)
Taking your podcast to the next level
Engaging with students

About the Hosts
Joe Casabona is a college professor, author, course developer, and podcaster. Joe started freelancing in 2002, and has been a teacher at the college level for over 10 years. His passion in both areas drove him to create courses for The University of Scranton, LinkedIn Learning, and his own community of business owners. Today, he helps people tell their stories through podcasts and video.

Chris Badget is the Founder & CEO of LifterLMS. Chris started learning about online education on a glacier in Alaska. He's created courses on everything from organic gardening to woodworking. He is passionate about helping other entrepreneurial educators find success and create impact.

Joe Casabona

April 08, 2020

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  1. The practice of using the Internet to make digital recordings

    of broadcasts available for downloading to a computer or mobile device.
  2. Reasons to start a classroom podcast • Accessible Everywhere •

    Bandwidth Friendly • Low Barrier of Entry • Budget Friendly • Easy to Keep a Schedule • More Than Just Text
  3. What You Need • A decent mic • A quite

    place to record • A place to host your podcast
  4. What Your Students Need • A device that can temporarily

    connect to the internet • A web browser or a podcast app • You even embed the lecture in your own LMS
  5. Step 1: Your Mic • I recommend the ATR-2100, but

    a decent USB headset would be fine too (more in at https:/ / casabona.org/mics/) • Any USB mic will just plugin to your computer. You can start recording with ut!
  6. Step 2: Record • You’ll want to record using some

    app. • On a Mac: Quicktime • On a PC: Sound Recorder • You can also use the Anchor app (more on that later). *More Tips at casabona.org/recording/
  7. Structuring Your Lecture • You likely have lectures ready to

    go - but this will feel different! • Script or at least outline your talking points. • Framing it around a story will also help. You won’t have visuals or synchronous interaction, so you’ll need to engage students somehow.
  8. 25 Minutes is the average length* *This doesn’t mean yours

    needs to be, but it doesn’t need to fill a full 50 or 90 minutes either.
  9. Hosting the Audio • If your LMS supports audio, you

    could just upload it there. I don’t recommend that. • Free: anchor.fm • Numerous Paid Services
  10. Privacy Options • Only share the feed with your students

    • Using a service like Transistor or Patreon • Only upload the audio to the LMS
  11. How to Engage • This is a bit easier than

    normal podcasting, because you have a captive audience! • You can supplement your lecture with slides or text • Encourage them to comment / write in your LMS (or community) • As them to record their own messages and thoughts to play on the show. • Read their comments on the show.