Monthly Archives: November 2018

Podcast recording appointments

On Thursday, November 29 we will have more time in class to plan, research, and write the script for your podcast. Each group should have a script ready for your professors’ review in class on Tuesday 12/4 or Thursday 12/6. Starting Tuesday 12/4 we will have access to L540, the library classroom, and the Multimedia Projection Room. Groups might also use library study rooms to record. If your group wishes to use Jean-Pierre’s recording equipment, someone representing your group should reply to this post with a comment telling us when you plan to record.

Final podcasting project guidelines

Your podcast assignment is the final project for the semester. Each group will contribute a page to an OpenLab project site we will create together. Each page will contain the following elements:

  • 15-20 minute podcast (audio recording)
  • uploaded annotated bibliography and outline; references for any images, music, etc that you use
  • a few original images (photographs or sketches produced by a group member) that illustrate the research question or theme. Images should have descriptive captions.

See the step-by-step podcast instructions from Prof. Almeida for technical assistance with recording and editing.

In addition to creating and editing an audio recording, each group will:

  • Strategically incorporate or reference at least two relevant information sources.
  • Provide basic metadata for your podcast including at least three descriptive keywords.
  • Select a Creative Commons license to dictate how your podcast can be used by others.

This activity will be completed in 4 stages

  1. planning and prewriting
  2. research and script development
  3.  technical production
  4. listening & reflection

Key Dates

November 27-29: planning and prewriting – in-class time to research, write, rehearse, and record; OpenLab project site creation
December 4: research and script development – in class time to write and rehearse
December 11: in class time to rehearse and record; finalize technical production; podcast scripts due during class
December 13 is reading day! Time and space for group work is available though classes do not meet
December 18: Podcast listening part I
December 20:Podcast listening part II; all content must be posted on OpenLab project site; reflections & wrap-up

Resources for recording
The Multimedia Resources Center in the City Tech library lends out USB headsets with microphones. Use your college ID to borrow a headset/mic. Headsets must be used in the library. You can borrow an iPad Mini for up to 3 days from Multimedia with your college ID.

If you need a quiet place to record, reserve a library study room. During class time, you may use the library projection room. Bring a laptop with Audacity or other recording software already installed. You can record with your phone using the voice memo app or Anchor for iOS or Android.

Grading criteria

  • Successful attempt to answer research question
  • Inclusion or references made to at least two relevant information sources (articles, books, maps, films, etc.)
  • Equal participation of group members in podcast recording
  • Good effort made to successfully record, produce, and edit
  • All required content appears on OpenLab site
  • Podcast successfully uploaded to Soundcloud with images and metadata
  • Podcast is between 15-20 minutes long
  • All content is cited in the bibliography, including images and music
  • Selection of an appropriate Creative Commons license

Podcasting presentation

Today Prof. Nora Almeida from the library presented Podcasting: Like the Radio, but Different. Past semesters’ podcasts live on SoundCloud, and you can browse podcasts on all topics through Stitcher (and download the app to your phone). Complete guidelines for the podcast project will be posted soon. Consider what kind of your creative work with Creative Commons licenses you will want to assign to your podcast.┬á As we move into group work on the final project, additional work space will be available. We will be able to use L540, the big library classroom, and L432, the projection room, to research, write, and record. You do not have to do all recording, editing, and production in class.

The group annotated bibliography is due on Tuesday, November 27.

Looking ahead to the rest of the semester, here is a (slightly) updated schedule:

Tuesday,  November 27 Group Work: Final Project; Annotated Bibliography due
Thursday, November 29 Group Work: Final Project
Tuesday,  December 4 Group Work: Final Project
Thursday, December 6 Group Work: Final Project
Tuesday,  December 11 Group Work: Final Project Editing
Thursday, December 13 Reading Day; group work optional and strongly encouraged!
Tuesday,  December 18 Final Project Presentations
Thursday, December 20 Final Project Presentations / Wrap Up

Enjoy the holiday weekend, everyone!