From Bjoern Hassler
Notes about the humcentre podcast training activities. These activities are led by Phillida Strachan. Jane Slocombe, and Bjoern Hassler, but the other participants have been asked to add their rough notes to these pages.
 1 Aims of training
The aim of the training is to put together a 'minimal' new media course. The aim of the training is of course to train, but the emphasis here is on train the trainer, on developing a course that trainers can then teach.
The focus of the training is on being able to do the whole cycle needed for recording:
- making an informed decision about what talks to record, then
- asking a speaker to be recorded,
- getting the required rights,
- making the recording,
- editing, and
- publishing online.
There are of course many elaborate scenarios in which one might do this, but the idea here is to present a minimal scenario. Once a few talks have been recorded like this, more elaborate scenarios (such as screen recording, clearing more complicated rights, etc) can be considered.
Getting good audio is the basis for any video (or screen recording) work as well, so it makes sense to start with this. Likewise, the rights clearance needed for audio forms a more manageable subset of the general rights clearance required for video / images. So it makes sense to start with basic audio work, until that can be undertaken reliably.
However, the course does not emphasis technical issues: These rely on practice, and can initially be picked up by the participants. Lateron, we will then run some trouble shooting sessions, to refine understanding of technical issues. The main empahsis of the course is on managing the entire workflow, as well as rights issues: These are more tricky to understand, and tutorials aren't readily available.
Training materials aren't prescribed by the 'facilitators', but are interactively developed with the participants.
The aim is not just for participants to learn how to podcast, but primarily for them to be able to teach others. In this way training activities can scale.
 2 The sessions
- Flip charts from session one are here.
- This is your best outcome, and it means you can just go ahead and record/publish the talk without any issues. Bjoern recommends that you identify about 5-10 talks where this basic pattern applies, and you simply do these first. Once you have all the technical issues under control, you can try to edit around copyright issues etc.
- The latter option is really only recommended if there aren't many 3rd party materials, and if they can be removed easily. So you need to chat some more to the lecturer and see what can be done. But, in Bjoern's experience, it's usually not going to work out: Usually, if the editing is done in the context of volunteering, removing materials causes such long delays, that the talk stops being topical, and isn't worth publishing anymore.
Appendix: Additional tutorials: HCPT/Appendix. The appendix contains some additional tutorials that you might find helpful. They partially cover the same material as the main section of this document.
 3 About this document
This document is available at http://www.ict4e.net/wiki/HCPT, where it can be edited by anybody and exported to various file formats. The document is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license. Please attribute Phillida Strachan (The Humanitarian Centre), Jane Slocombe (CUiD), Bjoern Hassler (The Science Media Network, http://www.sciencemedianetwork.org), as well as the additional ICT4E wiki users that have contributed to this document.