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Podcast creation

Podcasting is increasingly being used by Academics to share sound-bites of observations or knowledge with students and colleagues. They are a way of providing updates or revision on a topic. Podcasts are used in education in conjunction with forums, blogs and wikis which can help develop academic skills such as communication, analysis and reflection.

LTS sound and vision have facilities for recording audio and video podcasts for course production. Open University Staff should visit for further details.

The podcast suite in the Jennie Lee labs can be used by OU staff including Associate Lecturers to record short audio or video podcasts which are not directly for course production. The sound-proofed Podcast suite has the following facilities:

  • Audio recording device for Podcasts
  • Camera on tripod with autocue equipment for video podcasts
  • Screen capture
  • Apple computer with editing software (Camtasia Studio, iMovie)
  • Instructions for using the suite, though if you need to use the teleprompter, please speak to a specialist support officer who will help you set it up

You don't have to book the suite in advance, it operates on a first come first served basis, however if you would like to book the room to ensure it is available for you at a particular time, please complete the booking enquiry form to request the room.  You can check to see if the Podcast suite is likely to be available when you need it by looking at the booking calendar.

When you book the podcast suite we provide guidance on how to use the equipment and software, and how to create an effective podcast. There are also some guides online, such as:
(Please note: The Open University is not affiliated to any of the above mentioned sites, and holds no responsibility for their content)

Martin Weller has written some advice about Podcasting as part of IET's H808 The eLearning Professional course - see

Users of the podcasting suite need to abide by copyright regulations.

We are also able to loan small video cameras to Open University staff to create video podcasts for learning and teaching projects.

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