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General Guidelines for producing Audio Content

The recorded audio which is made available for people to download and listen to is known as a Podcast. It is difficult to give specific guidelines which cover how to produce audio recordings for all the suggested teaching and learning uses. The format used for recording an entire lecture can extend to using video and capturing the accompanying slideshow and is different to recording some pre-class or extended listening material.

However, general tips for the creation of podcasts suggest they work best and are most engaging when

  • they have a defined format or structure
  • they have been planned in advice with a script to follow
  • the pace of speaking is not too slow or fast
  • the voices are natural and informal
  • they use more than one voice
  • they are kept fairly short (10 minutes) to keep the listener engaged and makes for easy downloads
  • they integrate into the course with strong links to other learning activities and resources
  • they have elements that can be reused again with the addition of relevant news or feedback.

In all cases, even the best content is not compelling if it is delivered by a single monotonous voice.

Possible alternative approaches or formats for recording audio, beyond the standard lecture format, include using

  • an interview show
  • a panel discussion
  • a Q&A session
  • a general commentary.

If you want more information or would like to discuss a project or idea further contact Gill Kelly (g.m.kelly@qub.ac.uk)