Podcasts open up a world of opportunities for education. Thanks to their small file size they are easy to download and you can listen to them anytime, anywhere – even when you are doing other things. Curious to find out how we create podcasts at Radboud University? Then keep reading!
Recording a podcast
The university has a recording studio for recording podcasts and videos. Radboud Educational Clips works with lecturers, students and staff to produce professional educational videos and podcasts. It has its own professional equipment for making podcasts and its own recording studio. The Radboud Educational Clips team is on hand to help all teaching-related university departments. Costs are charged to the internal budget.
Template for podcast covers
When it comes to podcast covers, you can either design your own artwork or have one of the graphic designers at Radboud Educational Clips do it for you.
The podcast cover must be no larger than 3000 x 3000 (1:1) pixels and no smaller than 1400 x 1400 pixels. Use a JPG or PNG file for this. The file size must not exceed 4MB.
Since the podcasts are published by Radboud University, it is important that the cover is consistent with our corporate identity. Make sure you use the right font and colours, and that the Radboud University logo appears on the cover. For technical questions, contact rec [at] ru.nl (rec[at]ru[dot]nl).
An official podcast channel
Radboud University has an official podcast channel, which is available on Spotify and on Apple Podcasts . If you would like to publish your podcast on these corporate channels, please contact communicatie [at] ru.nl (communicatie[at]ru[dot]nl).
Requirements for publishing podcasts on corporate channels:
- The original mp3 audio file (so not a link, etc.)
- A short description of the podcast (between 400 and 600 characters), which will also be visible on Apple Podcast and Spotify.
- An image to use as artwork.
Tips for recording a podcast
- Is your target audience going to listen to your podcast? Make sure you offer added value to the listener. So, always do a bit of target audience research before you get started.
- Do you have enough inspiration to fill enough episodes? Plan your content for x number of episodes and think of the topics in advance.
- Make sure the topics you discuss are relevant now and in the long-term.
- Do you have a set list of questions or a clear format for each of the episodes? This creates structure for the listeners.
- Where do you want to share the episodes online and which images do you need? After all, people have to actively search for podcasts. Make sure that the way the podcast is promoted is just as good as the podcast itself.
- Think about how people might respond and what call-to-actions you should include in your episodes. What do you want the listener to do after listening to the podcast?
- Make sure your podcast has a good intro. An intro is the best way to convince listeners to listen to the rest of the podcast. Radboud Educational Clips can help you make a good podcast intro.