Just when I thought I was ready to do my first podcast my work/school/life responsibilities decided otherwise. So here is where things stand at the moment.
1. Final paper for Development Ed class due Friday (guess what I’m working on for the next couple of nights)
2. Two of our three kids were in town for a visit so they obviously get more attention than a budding podcast.
3. I’m cubeless at work! My cube has been dismantled as part of an office remodeling, so I’ve taken over some space in the university library. With the coffee bar just a few steps away I may have a hard time moving back to a cube (can you say Starbucks?).
4. I actually have made good progress on a narrated Powerpoint/Keynote presentation on the basics of podcasting. I may have that done before I produce a decent audio podcast.
5. I have to have all our ducks lined up for the university’s podcast pilot project by today. I think we are good to go, but I have to check with the faculty member to make sure he has all that he needs and feels ready to begin.
This podcasting pilot deserves a bit more explanation.
One of the requirements in our undergrad curriculum is to participate in a crosscultural experience. These are trips to places like China, Japan, France, Germany, England, Zambia, Kenya, Jamaica, the Great Southwest USA, Chicago Urban Studies Center, Italy, Russia, and probably several others I’ve forgotten to mention. The trips combine academic studies with exploration, and getting to know locals. The Chicago trip involves a couple of weeks ministering and working at the Urban Studies Center and the Olive Branch Mission. As stated on the CCS web site, these trips are “a basis of intelligently participating in the affairs of the contemporary world is to realize that we are no longer an isolated people, but part of a global community intimately linked to the rest of humanity and the world. This vague notion only becomes reality when there is actual interaction with those different than ourselves.”
Communication & Reflection
While on these trips, parents are concerned with the safety and well-being of their kids. Typically, the faculty leading these trips report back to the CCS offices on a regular basis by phone or email. These contacts provide a brief synopsis of the trip to date and assurance that all are well.
This year we want to test the feasibility of podcasting as a way for students to report on the trip themselves. Prof. Rubio has brought together the necessary equipment for the road, and will assign the students to teams. Each day one team will have the responsiblity of developing a post summarizing their activities and experiences. Whenever Prof. Rubio has access to the internet he will upload the posts and audio to the project web site.
It will be interesting to see how the project turns out, as well as how the students repond to the opportunity to create podcasts. The wild card in the mix is availability of internet connections during the trip. I’ll provide an update on this project later this month.