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Knight Center's new podcasting MOOC starts with students from 115 countries; registration still open

Introduction to Podcasting,” the newest MOOC from the Knight Center at the University of Texas at Austin, began on Monday, Nov. 14, with more than 2,200 students from 115 countries. Students will take the online course alongside participants from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania.

The number of participants is expected to grow, as registration is still open for ​this massive open online course (MOOC). So far, the United States is the country with the most students (828), followed by Brazil (229), Nigeria (123), Canada (89), United Kingdom (71) and Australia (79). 

The course runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 11, 2016 and is taught by podcast producers from digital nonprofit investigative news organization Voice of San Diego. It includes interviews with podcasters from other media organizations in the United States, where podcasts are booming both in audience growth and revenue

If you haven’t gotten around to registering, there’s still time. Sign up now and learn how to create, develop and distribute podcasts!

This is the 26th MOOC offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas since the program of massive online courses started in 2012. In four years, the MOOCs and other online courses from the Knight Center have reached more than 87,000 people from 169 countries.

For the first time in the history of the Knight Center's distance learning program, the classes of the new MOOC will be taught in the format of a podcast. Students also will have access to transcripts of the lectures.

Course material will cover production, formats, planning, marketing and distribution for anyone looking to start or improve their podcast. Instructors also will review basics of audio equipment and podcasting tools.

The instructors, each a co-host or producer of successful podcasts, will share their challenges, successes and best practices. Classes also will feature interviews with storytellers from other well-known podcasts. For example, in module one, instructor Kinsee Morlan interviews writer James Spring about his experience as a contributor to the popular podcast This American Life and the two discuss tips of the trade.

In addition to audio lectures, the course will include reading assignments, audio assignments, discussion forums and quizzes.

The course is tailored to journalists and media practitioners, but is open to anyone wanting to start a podcast. There are no real-time activities during the four weeks of this MOOC. Students can take the course at any time, from anywhere in the world. 

As with all Knight Center MOOCs, participation is free. However, students can pay an administrative fee of US $30 for a certificate of completion. The certificate is available for download in PDF format after the Knight Center completes a review process to ensure the student met the requirements. No formal college credit is associated with this certificate.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was created in 2002 by Professor Rosental Alves, Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. The Knight Center’s distance learning program continues thanks to generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas and other donors; as well as income from registration fees and the issuance of certificates. 


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