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Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners

If you're thinking of starting a blog or just beginning one, this course is for you. Perhaps you'd like to try out podcasting too. You can and it's easy. In this course, you'll learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog and audio and video podcast using tools that you already have on your computer—no paid software or equipment is needed.  

Through hands-on exercises, you'll discover the benefits of using free web tools like Blogger, WordPress, Audacity, and YouTube. Guided by an expert instructor, you'll find that creating a blog and podcast is much easier than you ever imagined. And by the end of this course, you'll be amazed how much you've accomplished.
 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Portland Community College Why this school? It's been chosen based on your location or if you've visited this school's website.

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Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners Details + Objective

Course Code: 5bp

You Will Learn
  • Develop a plan for the content, setup, and long-term maintenance of a blog
  • Learn to use free blogging software like Blogger and WordPress to put that plan into action
  • Learn how to record a professional-sounding audio podcast, edit the file with a free software program, add music to it, and then post it online for others to enjoy
  • Find out how to successfully produce a video podcast with minimal equipment
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn everything you need to create a professional-level blog or podcast
  • Gain new career opportunities and/or a fun new hobby
  • Gain a new skill set that you can put to use on personal, business, educational, or even political projects
Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners Outline
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Week 1

Get acquainted with blogging terms, the parts of a blog, and the important differences between a blog and a website as you learn the best way to search for and locate blogs on topics that interest you. You'll discover ways to creatively use blogs to express yourself, teach, advocate for a cause, promote a product . . . the possibilities go on and on! Then, learn how to participate in the blogosphere by commenting on a blog of your choosing after you learn appropriate commenting etiquette. After that, it'll be time for you to start planning your own blog.

Week 2

Explore options for blogging software and hosting, and you're going to decide where and how you'll build and store your blog as you set up an account to use as a practice blog throughout the course. Then, learn how to give your blog a custom look.

Week 3

Learn how to set your blog's privacy levels in case you'd like to limit who can read or comment on your blog. Then, learn to write an effective first blog post, and consider the writing style you'd like to use for your blog.

Week 4

Master the art of inserting engaging photos and creating labels to help readers find content. Then, learn the seven steps of how to promote your blog to boost readership. Next, you’ll move on to podcasts as you plan your own podcast, following our effective formula of developing strategies for content, setup, and long-term maintenance.

Week 5

Explore the minimum equipment you'll need to record your first audio podcast—as well as other equipment you may find of interest if you become a serious podcaster. You’ll even record your first podcast during this week! Then, learn how to cut out dead air and an unexpected sneeze, adjust the volume so listeners don't have to strain to hear you, and add effects so the sound fades in at the beginning and out at the end to get your podcast ready for the web.

Week 6

Learn everything you need to know to successfully produce a video podcast with minimal equipment. Finally, you’ll fine-tune your video podcast by learning how to add transitions and video effects to your video file, trim unwanted portions out, and make audio enhancements.

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Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners Instructors
John Agress

John Agress has been active in the computer world since the 1980s and has been developing and designing websites for more than a decade. He was among the first designers to recognize that WordPress, which was originally created as blogging software, can also produce content management websites that can be updated as easily as sending an email. He loves helping his Web design clients take control of their WordPress blogs and websites. John graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communication Studies and spent many years as a radio and television news anchor, writer, and producer.

Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Students should expect to download free online programs including an audio editing program during the class in order to create a blog and podcast.

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).

Note: this is a PC supported course; however, Mac users may still enroll. Mac users should expect to make adjustments based on their operating system differences especially during the podcast portion of the course. In addition, Mac users will download different versions of audio editing software and video editing software that will differ from the directions presented in the course.

Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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