Let’s Talk! Five top tips for recording your own e-assessment podcast
Podcasts are perhaps more popular than you think. Maybe you already subscribe to a handful, record your own or have yet to see what the fuss is all about. Whatever your views, the ability to listen to themed audio programmes wherever and whenever we like is clearly a winning idea that means that there are now over 1,500,000 podcasts and over 34 million episodes as of October 2020.
The e-Assessment Association started recording podcasts almost exactly a year ago (you can find them all here: https://blubrry.com/eassessment/) and would now like to develop a new series curated by our members, for our members.
The eAA is now nearly 2,500 members strong - a base which is in itself, a vast store of experience and knowledge. So we have launched an initiative to support members to produce their own podcast.
For those of you new to the idea, we've put together five top tips to help YOU organise and record your own e-assessment podcast as part of our new ‘Member’s Podcast’ series. It’s easier than you think!
Five top tips for recording a podcast for the eAA
1. Choose the right topic.
e-Assessment is a very diverse field and you will know your area of interest. Being genuinely informed and interested in whatever you choose to talk about, will keep the audience engaged and they will appreciate you for it.
2. Find some great guests.
You might be an expert on your podcast topic, but there is always value in hearing a different perspective than yours, both for yourself and for the audience. Who do you know whom you could reach out to? Let us know if you’d like one of the Board to join you - there is definitely a wide range of knowledge and experience there. But we don’t need our Member’s podcasts to involve the Board. We’re happy for you to recommend your own guests.
3. Plan ahead.
Write down your questions, share them with your guests in advance. Make sure you work out how much time you have for each question, and to make sure all your guests have a chance to answer.
4. Be ready to record.
You may want to check your microphone and know that you can record somewhere quiet. It’s a good time to set aside plenty of time to record the podcast - make sure you’re not waiting for a delivery or that you’ve not forgotten to feed that attention-seeking cat/dog/guinea pig before you start! With most of us working from home, we know how distracting life can be.
5. Trust us to help.
The eAA can set up the call to record the podcast (we use some really simple webinar software called Goto Meeting to make the initial recording). We are then on hand to look after the editing, publishing and promoting, so you can sit back and leave the rest to us!
But let 2021 be the year for members to start bringing more discussions to the table. Want to shout about something? Ask probing questions? Flip the conversation?
Apply today by emailing Karen at [email protected]ssessment.com
Listen to our first ever ‘Member’s Podcast’ by Senior Examiner and exam question writer, Paula Goddard, and guests asking, ‘What’s the ultimate purpose of an exam?’