Post #18: Reacting to Class Podcasts

Here it is, the last assigned blog post of the semester. Oh how far we’ve come. Today in class we got a chance to listen to some of the podcasts of the other groups in the class. Overall, I felt that they were really good and most of them proved to be interesting to listen to because of the energy brought to the discussion.

One thing that I liked about most of the podcasts played in class is that the structure of the discussion was much more like a conversation and less like a script. I think this was very effective in communicating the group member’s ideas in the discussion because it made their responses to questions and prompts feel much more genuine than how a script would sound. Along with this, I noticed that all of the podcasts we listened to were about topics that the members were interested in whether it be food, football, or winter olympic sports. I think this can apply to the podcast Alvin and I created, since we chose a topic that affects us and that we can relate to and therefore talk about more. Plus, in choosing a topic that is interesting the energy and mood conveyed to the audience translates as much more positive and therefore makes the audience interested in what you have to say.

I think that everyone in the class had fun with this assignment. Though it was much different than traditional writing assignments, everyone was able to put their own unique spin on the project to make it more interesting to them. I think it’s important to have students do projects that allow them to have this kind of freedom. In being able to choose your own topic students can choose something that is enticing to them, therefore giving them more motivation to complete the assignment. I’m glad that we were able to end the semester with projects that gave us more freedom as writers. I hope that in my writing future I am given more opportunities to have freedom in my work.

Post #17: The Podcast Experience

Finally, the podcast assignment is done and finished and ready to be submitted tomorrow night! It feels like we have had this podcast assignment looming over our friends for the longest time, so I am thankful to finally have it done.

Once Alvin and I got to work and we started focusing on the task at hand the process was not as difficult as we thought it would be. We went with the idea of discussing college relationships and the different experiences of two of our different friends. I wrote out the introduction and the conclusion and sent it to her to proof read. Then, Alvin went and interviewed Gabby and I went to interview Erin. After that, all four of us got together and we had a roundtable discussion about commitment and party culture. Though during the roundtable discussion we were all very giggly and laughing the recording process went much smoother then we though it was going to be, as did the recording of our introduction and conclusion.

Some aspects of this assignment that weren’t quite as fun was just the timing of it, considering that we did most of our recording the week before it was due, meaning we had a lot of other work to do for other classes. Other than that the assignment really wasn’t terrible. It was a little annoying to do research to back some of our questions and topics, but once that was done everything else was alright to complete. Hopefully our voices don’t sound super weird when we listen to the podcasts in class. That may be the worst part of this assignment: the fact that we are going to have to listen to our recorded voices. Regardless, I liked that we had a lot of freedom to do whatever topic we wanted for this podcast and I liked that I got to do it with my friends.

Post #16: More podcast updates

I feel like we have had this project assigned for such a long time and now it’s due in a week (well if you want extra points, which I do so we are going to try to have it done for the fourth).

We originally want to have the podcast recorded before thanksgiving break so that a) we wouldn’t have to worry about it this week and b) so we would have enough time to edit it on garageband. Unfortunately for us, the plan didn’t work since the two people we are having in our round table discussion weren’t able to get together with us. So now the plan is to get together Thursday afternoon before one of our classes and sit down for an hour to record this podcast.

Unfortunately the responsibility of researching and writing the introduction and conclusion of the podcast as well as all of the questions, has fallen on me and I barely enough time to eat and sleep this week. So my plan is to write out the introduction and conclusion tonight and tomorrow morning so that way we will be all set for Thursday and then Alvin can edit the recording and we can get it submitted by Sunday.

I know that this project is supposed to be a pretty laid make assignment so I am not too worried yet about the process of getting it done. I’m hoping that on Thursday we will be able to have a good discussion regarding our topic and get everything we need recorded in order to eliminate any stress about other things we have to do for other classes. I think that once all of the writing is done the recording will be pretty easy and hopefully lead to a successful end product!

Post #11: Podcast Update

In class, we have been assigned to create a podcast where we basically talk about what ever we want for 45 minutes. Even though this assignment won’t be due until the end of the semester, we are starting to prepare now to eliminate the work we’ll have to do later by starting early.

For my my podcast I will be working with my friend and classmate Alvin. At first we had a pretty hard time coming up with ideas for our podcast. We talked about doing fashion, travel, current events, the environment/ climate change, and a bunch of other ideas. Now, I think we have settled on using the topic of discussing the different types of relationships in college, whether it is long term or short term. I think we are going to start planning out how we are going to tackle this project now.

The idea behind out podcast is comparing relationships that are long distance that are held up through college and relationships that are very spur of the moment and short term. To tackle this we want to interview two of our friends, one of which is in a committed long term relationship and the other who just started dating someone a few weeks ago. To compare and contrast the two of them we want to ask each person in the relationship about some of the benefits and hardships of each type of relationship and ask them how it is going for them so far. In doing this I think Alvin and I will be able talk about how each has its positives and negatives, but ultimately it is up to the two people in the relationship.Hopefully Alvin and I will be able to stay on track in order to eliminate any last minute crammed in recording sessions.