Podcast as Field Research with Adobe Audition

Students develop, edit and narrate a research compilation podcast segment
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About This Strategy

In this 5-hour strategy, students develop, edit and narrate a research compilation podcast segment to create “field research” that contributes to the students’ body of knowledge of a particular subject area. This strategy can stand on its own or be a multi-part podcast research project where students produce written research, recruit an expert for an interview as well produce a final podcast. You can adapt this for use with other Adobe products, such as Spark Video.

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Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

300 minutes

Learn.

Students take a contemporary research project and build on that research by identifying the related podcasts and episodes on the topic as well as the expert interviews included in those podcasts. Students will learn about the experts’ background as well as research the credibility of the podcasts. (60 min)

Evaluate.

Students record via mobile phone or download the podcast audio files (YouTube, podcasts, etc.). Students then import the audio files into Adobe Audition for editing. Students identify specific segments to use in their research podcast compilation by editing segments down into “soundbites.” (120 min)

Create.

Students take the sound bites and create a unique 5-minute podcast using Adobe Audition. Students create a short introduction of the topic (1 minute) and introduce each podcast and expert soundbite following these steps. Students can examine an example here. (120 min)

Share.

Students share and publish their field research podcast. 

Steps for Students

You will be taking on the role of a host and junior radio/audio producer to create a 5-minute “field research” podcast on a contemporary subject. This audio podcast will be a compilation of expert interviews from any audio or video source or you can use other strategies to build to this one. You will narrate your field research podcast by introducing each podcast segment including information on the podcast, expert, and date of origination. This strategy can be adapted for use with Adobe Spark Video.

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Steps:

1. You will choose, or be assigned, a current contemporary research project. Your objective is to build on that research by identifying current credible podcasts and episodes on the topic as well as the expert interviews. Make a list of your chosen podcasts and prepare small summary statements for each. (60 min)

2. Download the podcast audio files. Then, import the audio files into Adobe Audition for editing. You are now acting in the role of producer, the person in charge of developing, recording, and editing a radio or podcast segment. You will listen to identify specific segments to use in your research podcast compilation. Edit these segments down into “soundbites", capturing critical information while also creating a narrative. (120 min)

3. You will take all your sound bites and create a unique 3- to 5-minute podcast in Adobe Audition. Narrate the podcast by creating a short introduction of the topic (1-minute) and introduce each podcast and expert soundbite, including the date of release. Also consider music and any other creative element designed to engage your listener. (120 min)

For guidance on using Adobe Audition, follow these steps. For inspiration, check out this student sample

4. Share your podcast as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' podcasts.