Taster: Your Digital Stories - Radio/Sound recording

Ref: C2226155

Podcasts are everywhere and It seems like everyone has one — celebrities, comedians, politicians, authors and sports men and women. And for good reason. Unlike other forms of storytelling, high quality podcasts don’t take a lot of tech. Just some creativity, a strong work ethic, and a little know-how. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for the workshop and let’s make a podcast! This is the second workshop of a series of three, that leads to a project where participants can design, plan and make a digital community magazine. If you are unemployed and interested in film, radio, podcasting, blogging, vlogging, photography, design and journalism, then this is the project for you. It is a chance to create a state-of-the-art digital community magazine that can deal with issues that matter to you, with the support from experts from the BBC and the WEA. We want you to tell your stories, your way.

Additional information about this course

If you are unemployed or on a means tested benefit the course fee will be waived.

Course aim

This taster session will show students how to make a podcast. It will show how to make a good quality sound recording using your smartphone, how to conduct and record an interview and what equipment to use.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discover how to make a high quality sound recording.
  • Identify how to conduct a good interview.
  • Use the right equipment to make a podcast
  • Discover how to upload a podcast
  • Explain what RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is about

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring your smartphone or tablet.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Taster: Your Digital Stories - Radio/Sound recording


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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