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March 09, 2007

Outcomes from the Podcasting Workshop

I’ve been meaning to write this for a week now, but a London visit got in the way.

Firstly, can I just say what a fantastic morning it was – really insightful and interesting. I’d not seen Rob O’Tooles summary of podcast projects before and found it really amazing – there are some fantastic ideas out there.

Below are the notes we made on the discussion group we managed:

What support are people looking for?

  • Editing – the technology and the principles
  • Studio space
  • Time to produce podcasts
  • Help to get started
  • ‘How to…’ guides
  • Advice on whether podcasting is appropriate
  • Case studies and best practice examples
  • A community forum
  • 1-2-1 services
  • Help with communication skills

The major issues and blockers were:

  • Time!
  • Cash
  • Editing skills
  • Quality – technical, style and content
  • Search and browse

The kinds of projects people were interested in:

  • Service programmes (e.g. sports)
  • Improving business processes (e.g. purchasing)
  • Customer service – human voices
  • Newsletters and project updates
  • Engaging HE and Business
  • ‘An Audience with…’

And the advantages to be gained were:

  • Revisting previous materials – esp. where English is a problem
  • Distance learning
  • Catching up on missed lectures
  • Content in advance
  • Accessibility
  • Shyness – easier to ask questions after a podcast than in a lecture

I want to make sure we don’t lose the creatvitiy and excitement from this session, so will endevour to put in place a numer of elements, in conjunction with the eLearning team:

  • A podcaster forum
  • Best practice guides and Case Studies – style, technology and comms
  • Start to look at a collective strategy for podcasting/online video in terms of key intitatives to support and develop – more of which another time perhaps…

More iPod hilarity

Ha Ha! My iPod just played:

Should I stay or Should I Go – The Clash

followed by

Just Go Away – Blondie

Nice to see Ms Harry giving Mr Strummer a clear idea.


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