Podcast Academy: A Start-to-Finish Guide on Academic Podcasting

Pre-Conference Workshop Session 2
OLC Session

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

This workshop is designed to take participants from initial steps to full implementation of podcast creation. During this three-hour session, participants will develop the know-how and techniques for developing a professional podcast that can be used for a variety of purposes.

There is a fee for this Pre-Conference Workshop: $225 Early Bird / $250 Full Price. Select both an AM and a PM pre-conference workshop to receive special combo package pricing of $395 Early Bird / $445 Full Price (total savings of $55).

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Dr. Ryan Straight is currently Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Arizona where he is also a Faculty Fellow and Honors Professor. He holds a PhD in Instructional Technology from Ohio University, where he also earned his MEd in Cultural Studies in Education and a BS.Ed in Integrated Language Arts. He teaches fully online at the undergraduate and graduate levels in topics like game design and development, human-computer interaction, designing online learning environments, and statistics and data visualization. Dr. Straight also serves as a Social Media Advisor for ISTE and writes for the Chronicle of Higher Education on mobile learning technologies, augmented reality, and social presence in online education. He lives in Tucson with his wife and three dogs.
Jonathan received his B.S. in Information Technology from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He currently works as a Web Project Manager Assistant at UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning. In this role, Jon assists with the production of webinars and streaming conferences, establishes project specifications for managing the department’s websites, assists the facilitation and development of faculty professional development courses, and manages other web-based projects. Highly motivated by his career at UCF, Jon works hard and plays hard. As a native Floridian, he enjoys fishing, visiting local beaches, tailgating UCF home games (Go Knights!), kayaking, camping, and traveling around the state.
A popular speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology while he serves as the Executive Director of the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning (http://cdl.ucf.edu) with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar in UCF's College of Education & Human Performance. Dr. Thompson has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past twenty years and is active in the online education community. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware (http://bit.ly/blendkit) as part of UCF's Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on iTunes and at http://topcast.online.ucf.edu. His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online (http://onlinecoursecriticism.com). Kelvin Thompson holds an EdD in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from UCF and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University. Curriculum vitae is available online at http://bit.ly/kelvin_cv.
Angela Gunder serves as Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona. Angela came into instructional design rather circuitously, helming large-scale site designs as webmaster for The City College of New York, the honors college at ASU, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  Her over fifteen year career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. Angela holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University, and a M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University.  Prior to her position at UA, she was a member of NOVA’s instructional design team, supporting over 23,000 students in 550 unique courses.   Angela is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer and online facilitator.  Her research interests include technology for second language acquisition, open educational resources, and emerging technology to promote digital literacy. A voracious culinary nerd, Angela spends her free time composing, cooking and photographing original recipes for her food blog.

Extended Abstract

This workshop is designed to take participants from initial steps to full implementation of podcast creation. During this three-hour session, participants will develop the know-how and techniques for developing a professional podcast that can be used for a variety of purposes. Whether it be for sharing professional experiences or personal stories; or for providing professional development or instructional content, you will walk away from this session with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of developing a pro-grade podcast.

This is a hands-on, involved workshop that is content- and platform-agnostic, providing you with plans and templates so you can focus on the content without getting distracted by logistics.


Among the topics covered are :

  • What is it and why podcast?
  • Podcast category and format
  • Hosting and publishing
  • Podcasting hardware and software


The intended audience for this workshop are instructional designers with interest in creating their own podcast or supporting instructors’ efforts,  faculty who wish to learn and employ better recording skills for creation and distribution of learning materials, anyone interested in starting their own podcast series.


Key takeaways from this workshop will be :

  • Equipment suggestions for the podcast you want to start
  • A plan to get started
  • Templates
  • Your pilot episode
  • Tips and tricks from actual podcasters


The workshop will address the following learning objectives:


  • Apply best practices for recording your identified topic by engaging in efficient and effective editing techniques
  • Choose a hosting option
  • Publish your podcast