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The Webcast Academy





The Webcast Academy



TESOL Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) IS







The Webcast Academy is a hands on, collaborative training center for people interested in learning how to produce and host live, interactive webcasts. A live interactive Webcast is basically like a global radio show that is produced and accessed via the internet. A discussion between two or more more parties using a telephony program is streamed live so that many listeners can tune in and, when desired, call in to the show host and participate in the discussion. These shows usually include the use of a text chat room so that listeners and discussion pariticapants can communicate with each other during the show. Telephony + Two-way audio capturing + live streaming = Live Interactive Webcasting.


During the sessions, participants will learn to use telephony and server-based tools to moderate Webcasts and stream them live, and learn to use audio capture tools to make recordings of the Webcasts for playback or podcasting later). By the end of the session, participants will have the knowledge to moderate and stream a live webcast.


Target audience


This EVO session is of interest to those educators seeking to produce live, interactive Webcasts. Minimum computer requirements skills required include average or better experience and comfort using the Internet, especially interactive sites and Web 2.0 tools, some experience with Skype or other telephony or voice tools over the Internet. Some familiarity with content management systems would be helpful. This kind of webcasting is still an imperfect art, so the most important prerequisite is a willingness to learn by trial and error and spend at least 3~5 hours a week working on developing the necessary skills, collaboratively working with members of the EVO session and previous classes at The Webcast Academy.


Those who are able to successfully complete the first portion of the session and publish recordings of telephony calls will be given access to the Worldbridges Webcasting streams, so that they can produce live, interactive shows. However, if you have less time available but feel that you would still like to participate by helping the others, posting in the discussion forums, commenting on posts, contributing to the Book of Webcasting, and learning some elements of Webcasting along with the apprentices--then you are also welcome to join us.



A week-by-week outline


Week One:

A week of introductions and familiarization with basic tools. Participants will join our Drupal site at Webheads in Action, download Skype and some of the other tools used for webcasting (outlined below), and participate in one of our introductory webcasts to introduce themselves and meet the other interns.


Week Two:

This week, we will be examining the recording of telephony calls (using Skype) and will be looking at basic audio editing using Audacity. You will be encouraged to organise meetings with other interns, to record the conversations and to experiment with editing the audio.


Week Three:

The Webcast Academy continues with examining good practice of hosting a webcast and practising interviewing & show management skills. Interns will be encouraged to practice by choosing a format for their show and then setting up a public Skypecast). You will also be expected to participate in some of the Skypecasts held by other interns.


Week Four:

In week four, post-production and advanced audio editing will be examined. Interns who are ready to do so will also be involved in basic streaming (i.e. beginning live webcasting) with Nicecast for the Apple Mac or Simplecast for the PC, and will record, edit and start to upload edited extracts of their webcasts to the Drupal site.


Week Five:

Basic streaming practice will continue for all interns. In addition, different Webcast environments (i.e. Second Life ) and other telephony programs (Paltalk, Gizmo) will be looked at.


Week Six:

This week is a time for catching up and reflecting on what has been learned. Upon successful completion of their 3 interncasts and a commencement webcast, interns will receive a Worldbridges Webcaster Proficiency Certificate and become a Worldbridges Webcasting Licensee. Those who have successfully completed the Webcast Academy will be invited to develop a show (perhaps at ELF Bridges or at one of the other Worldbridges sites). Those who still want to continue their training will be encouraged to do so at The Webcast  Academy, and everyone is invited to help us develop the session into a comprehensive and useful resource, and to keep in touch with your virtual colleagues for as long as you like.

Participants will complete an EVO session evaluation at the address provided.


Communication media

Drupal sites: http://webheadsinaction.org/ & http://webcastacademy.net

Skype http://www.skype.com

Audacity audio editing software http://audacity.sourceforge.net

Simplecast streaming software http://www.spacialaudio.com/products/simplecast ) for PC users


Nicecast streaming software http://www.rogueamoeba.com/nicecast/ for Apple Mac users


Webcast Academy site: http://www.webcastacademy.net/EVO2007





Jeff Lebow - While working as an English teacher in Korea, Jeff began building Worldbridges, his grad school vision of creating a global network of homegrown webcasting. He currently lives in Bow, NH, USA and serves as general manager and chief plumber of the Worldbridges network. He also co-hosts a number of shows including EdTechTalk, EdTechWeekly, Webcast Acadmy Meetings, and Virtualbridges.



Vance Stevens - Vance Stevens is a Computing Lecturer at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. In 20 years as ESL teacher and CALL coordinator, he implemented many CALL facilities, conducted research, and produced numerous publications and CALL software. He moonlights as Ed Tech consultant, online facilitator and coach, and founder and moderator of the Webheads community of practice.


Graham Stanley - ICT co-ordinator and EFL Teacher at the British Council in Barcelona, and teacher of 'English for Tourism' at the University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain. Graham is a graduate of the Webcast Academy - http://www.webcastacademy.net - and manager of the EFL Bridges webcasting site http://www.eflbridges.net , where he also hosts the weekly World Conversation Club for English language learners and teachers.

Join this session


To join this group:


  1. Go to: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/webcastacademy
  2. Click on the blue button:
  3. Follow the instructions
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4. Follow the recorded instructions at the site to become a registered member of the session.


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