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You don't need an expensive setup like you see me have in order to get good audio quality. Instead start simple and work your way up towards a larger setup.
The reason being is because you may not enjoy creating audio courses or they may not work well for your students. In which case it would be a waste to invest all of that money upfront for expensive equipment when you don't end up using it in the long run.
You're going to need just a few pieces of equipment:
Now in the future, if you decide to continue to keep doing audio courses, then you can start to upgrade your equipment.
My current setup includes:
A script is basically what you're going to say when you're recording your audio.
It can be fully scripted, outlining every single word that you're going to speak into the mic or it could just include bullet points, which cover the important topics that you want to speak about. In your audio lesson.
Now, the reason that having a script is a good idea is because it ensures that you say all the important information, organizes your thoughts and keeps you on track while you record.
When I create a script I will:
Depending on the material that you're teaching, your own teaching style and the people that you're teaching, you'll need to choose the right length for your audio lessons.
At Plato University, We create our lessons in the 10 to 20 minute range. This gives just enough time for the student to grasp that portion of a skill and then be able to apply it, but does not overwhelm them with too much information.
Now some educational audios, like Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast is several hours long so you can get a full understanding of the historical topic in one sitting.
Some material is best served in bite size, small little chunks. While other material may be best understood when it's in its cohesive form like a three hour long lesson.
To choose the right length, consider the following questions:
What is the material?
How will students be consuming the information?
Do you have the bandwidth?
To create out lessons we are using audio. This means that students are going to be listening to the lesson rather than watching it.
This matters because audio is inherently a different format than video. You need to do different things in your lesson in order for your students to gain an understanding.
It also means that students will most likely be doing other things while they're listening to your content.
Here are some general tips:
Podcasts are simply audio content that can be streamed anywhere. You as the creator get to choose what that audio content is. So that means the content you publish on podcasts could be your audio lessons.
Podcasts get significantly more reach than if you're course were behind a walled garden, meaning you can educate and impact more people with your lessons. It also means your students can access the material anywhere, anytime.
You lessons can become content marketing, driving more traffic to other material.
The potential downside is now the course if 100% free, because podcasts are a free medium.
First, decide how much you want to publish for free.
Next, choose a podcast hosting service.
Once you have your hosting service, you're going to upload each one of your lessons as an individual episode in the order that they should be consumed.
Finally, you will schedule them for publishing. You can:
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