Anyone can create podcasts if they have access to the right tools. The type of podcast you create depends not only on the tools available to you, but on your content, your audience and your intentions. We recommend that you start with audio-only podcasting on the platform with which you are most comfortable, before moving on to more advanced podcasting.
NOTE: Be sure to get a signed release form if you are recording someone else.
Audacity is a free software package for Windows that lets you easily record and edit audio and then save it in file formats that can be uploaded directly into iTunes U. This tutorial introduces you to the software, shows you how to download and install it on your own computer, and gives you hands-on experience in recording and editing your own audio podcasts.
NOTE: This tutorial is for Windows users only; other tutorials focus on software for the Mac.
GarageBand is a software package that comes with most Macintosh computers. It lets you easily record and edit audio and then save it in file formats that can be uploaded directly into iTunes U. This tutorial introduces you to the software and gives you hands-on experience in recording and editing your own audio podcasts.
NOTE: This tutorial is for Mac users only; other tutorials focus on software for Windows.
Camtasia is a piece of software that will allow you to create enhanced podcasts from your pre-recorded audio created with audacity or GarageBand, still images and video. This tutorial focuses on the windows version of this software, however the Mac version works very similarly.
ProfCast is a software package that allows you to easily create a narrated PowerPoint presentation. This software allows you to view the presentation on your computer screen while recording the narration, just like you would if you were lecturing from the presentation. Once you have recorded your narration ProfCast will save the production as a video and you can upload it to iTunes U for your students. ProfCast does not allow you to edit your production after it is completed.
This tutorial walks you through copying your script into the lyrics tab of iTunes. This process provides a transcript to users who want or need to use it for accessibility reasons.
Decide which tools you will use.
Finding Legal Media through Creative Commons Search
If you include music, photos, or other media for your podcast, be sure that you are allowed to use it! If you need help finding legally usable media, try the Creative Commons "CcSearch" tool: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/CcSearch