Podcasting for Environmental Communications
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This online course will get you up and running with your own podcast. This six-week class will meet in weekly interactive webconferences with Instructor Andrew Lewin, a marine scientist and founder of the Speak Up for Blue podcast. Students will focus in detail on developing and delivering content on environmental and science-based topics, design and marketing, and working with tech options.
The course “Podcasting for Environmental Communications” provides environmental professionals with an in-depth focus on podcasting as a communications medium. Students will focus in detail on how to plan and implement a podcast on a subject of choice. You will create a podcast with a plan for recording, publishing and sharing/marketing. You will also learn how to create and find content, technical tips, and how to build an audience.
The course is six weeks in length and is taught in an entirely online, distance learning format, with both asynchronous and synchronous portions. No campus visits are required. Depending upon enrollment, we anticipate offering 1 time each week that you can interact with instructors and classmates via WebEx.
- Week 1: Why Podcast? Introduction to Environmental Podcasting
- Week 2: The Importance of Content
- Week 3: Designing your Podcast System
- Week 4: Marketing and Building Your Audience
- Week 5: Equipment and Gear
- Week 6: Student Presentations
This course will require ~ 40 hours over the 6-week class period. Time will include:
- Weekly synchronous web-conference sessions where students and instructor will address the week’s theme and materials. Please note: Meeting times will not be determined until registration is closed. Times depend on registrant and instructor availability, which will be elicited via email to registrants.
- Discussion via online conferencing and forums.
- Reading of assigned materials.
- Creation of, and response to, final podcast and podcasting plan (paper assignment) on an issue and target audience of the student’s choosing.
We understand that participants have different comfort levels with online learning coming into this course. We are happy to answer any questions you have about online learning in general and our online learning software.
Course participants need to arrange to have a personal computer or laptop and reliable internet access through their local internet service provider (ISP). We encourage participants to arrange for broadband access to the internet via a cable modem, DSL, or a satellite connection. Mobile-only, low-speed, or unreliable connections will not work as effectively for this course. We cannot provide support for your network connection, nor can we help you with any home networking equipment such as firewalls, routers, or switches. For any of those issues, you will want to contact your ISP directly.
A computer with a microphone is required in order for students to create their own podcasts. If your machine or headset does not have a built-in microphone, we recommend purchasing, or renting a microphone from a local music shop to test out. (note: this is not included in course tuition).
Students without a microphone can still take the class but will not be able to create a podcast.
Distance Learning Software
The course will be facilitated using distance learning software and WebEx. The distance learning software will be available to you free of charge (except for the microphone and recommended USB head-set for webinar participation).