This online course (taught over two mornings) is designed for researchers and students who are interested in podcasting as a research practice, sonic method, and as effective means of communication and public engagement with research. No prior experience is required.
This training explores the potential of podcasting as a creative, qualitative research method. While academics have already started to discover podcasting as an effective digital medium for research communication, podcasting can also be used as part of a creative research practice and methodology. In this training, which consists of two sessions of 2,5 hours each, we explore some of the ways in which podcasting can be used to this end. This firstly includes podcasting as a participatory action research method, with podcasts serving as public outward-facing platforms for collective action, reflection, and public engagement. Secondly, podcasting can be used as a sonic elicitation technique during interviews and focus groups to elicit rich, detailed, embodied, and affective responses from participants.
Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with podcasting by creating their own ‘mini-podcast’ (1 short episode). The topic of this exercise can be related to the participant’s own current research practice, where desired and appropriate. For this introductory-level training, you do not require any prior experience with podcasting or other forms of audio production.
The course covers:
In this training, we will cover a range of topics related to podcasting in research contexts, from ethical considerations and methodological applications to the practice of podcasting itself. This includes the design and set-up of a podcast (such as genre, format, ‘branding’, and determining your target audience), practical approaches to audio recording, basic editing and (post-)production, and finally the distribution of episodes to public platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
By the end of the course participants will:
Participants will need to sign up to the Anchor app for podcast production. Alternatively, participants may choose to work with software such as GarageBand (for more advanced editing options), but no previous experience with either of these two programmes is required.
Session 1: Thursday 7 March 2024
- Introduction to podcasting as research method (PAR method, and podcast elicitation)
- Ethics of podcasting, strengths and weaknesses of podcast methods
- Demonstration of podcast production and instruction for hands-on assignment
Session 2: Thursday 21 March 2024
- Listening to excerpts of the mini-podcasts produced by the participants
- Group discussion and feedback
- Time for Q & A