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Media: Audio podcast

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After earning this badge, you will be able to

  • Use Audacity or other sound editing software to produce an episode of an audio podcast
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Video may dominate the media spectrum, but it's hard to surf YouTube while you are driving or jogging. Radios and other listening devices let us listen to music, news, or a talk show while our eyes concentrate on something else.

There are many applications for sound recording at a university. Language classes are one example. Anthropologists often recording oral histories for later transcription. Creating a voice recording is simpler than making a video and the product can be very effective.

An audio podcast is an edited sound recording that is published online. The term usually refers to a series of programs to which listeners can subscribe.
Chart of monthly podcast listening from 2008 to 2017


READ What’s Behind the Great Podcast Renaissance? by Kevin Roose, New York


"Pulling Back the Curtain" by John Solomon, NPR - a fascinating look behind the scenes

"A Tale of Two Markets" by Erin McLaughlin, Notre Dame - a faculty member reads her narrative essay on public radio



Learn the basics of Audacity or other software that allows you to do what's required for the badge.


Learn how to record on one of these kinds of devices:

  • Computer - laptop or desktop
  • Smartphone - we recommend these two apps
  • Audio recorder - you can borrow a Tascam DR-40 from 115 DeBartolo for up to 5 days.

You may also choose to take advantage of a sound booth - there's one at the Kaneb Center and one in the Center for Digital Scholarship.

Additional resources

Optional readings and tutorials



Produce a 45- to 90-second recording that could be used with a class in your discipline:


  1. WRITE - create a script. I takes about 30 seconds to read 75 words, so the length should be 115-225 words. Identify yourself and the topic at the beginning.
  2. RECORD - make a spoken voice recording.
    Record in a quiet place and pay attention to the volume level.
    Excessive noise or distortion are not acceptable.
    Keep all raw materials until you receive confirmation of earning this badge.
  3. FIND - copyright-safe music for a soundtrack music in the YouTube Audio Library.
    Keep track of the credits (title, artist and URL) .
  4. EDIT the recording.
    • Errors - cut out coughs, other noises, and retakes
    • Music - it can play all the way through or just at the beginning and end.
    • Volume - the voice must be easy to hear; you may need to amplify it or tone the music down.
    • Fade in at the beginning, fade out at the end.
    • Export - save the project as an MP3 file.
  5. DOCUMENT - to show how you assembled the project, save a screen capture of your entire Audacity project time line. Add the image to your Google Drive media folder.
    [how to take a screenshot / capture the screen on your device]


  6. DESCRIBE - write a short paragraph explaining what you did.
    Include credits (title, artist and URL) for the music track.
  7. EXPORT - save your finished project as MP3 file and
    add it to your Google Drive media folder.



In your ePortfolio, first rename the "(media badge)" page "Audio Podcast", then write a reflection of at least 250 words.

Include (at least) the following in your reflection:

Ethics/editing - a specific reference to "Pulling back the curtain"

Music - your reaction on its impact when added to a spoken voice recording

Connections - relate your learning for this badge to your own teaching & learning, both past experience and future plans

Link - at least one other resource, article, website, etc.

Media - at least one embedded image or video (include the source).

These prompts may help:

  • I chose this badge because ...
  • I chose ... for my podcast because ...
  • An aspect of making the podcast that I really enjoyed was ... because ...
  • I had never tried ... , and it ended up ...
  • From my own experience ...
  • I have already used ... to ...
  • To learn more about sound recording / editing, I expect to ...
  • Another way I can imagine using sound editing software is ...
  • An audio-based assignment I could incorporate in my teaching is ...
  • It's important for students to know ...
  • Now that I know how to do this I will do ... differently

Publish the ePortfolio page for this badge, including:

From your ePortfolio, submit this page for the badge assignment.