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Project work with podcasts and external collaboration partners

Brief description

The activity takes place as a concentrated project work process; by involving external collaboration partners, presentations and workshops, the students organise, structure and produce a podcast. At the end of the course, the students present their podcasts to the teacher and the external collaboration partners and receive feedback.

Motivation for the activity and required outcome

The purpose of the activity is to develop the students’ communication skills and production competences as regards the organisation, editing and performance of a podcast. Moreover, the students gain experience in external collaboration as well as an understanding of the relevance of their academic subject in the real world. By performing this activity, you as a teacher can help your students build bridges to the outside world, thus expanding and strengthening your own professional network as well as that of your students.

Perform the activity

  • Before the course begins, you as a teacher should find some external collaboration partners who are appropriate for the theme of the course, and who will want to collaborate with your students during the podcast production process. You must make clear agreements with the collaboration partners as regards the framework of the collaboration so that you all know what to expect.
  • The project work process should include both ordinary class sessions in which the students work in groups on the production of their podcasts and two workshops where the students learn about podcast production.
  • At the first teaching session, you and the collaboration partners introduce the students to the project and the schedule of the process.
  • At the workshop, you teach the students about specialist audio communication, possibly together with invited specialists experienced in the production of podcasts. The students are given time to test recording equipment and audio editing programs and are introduced to the production of prototypes. If previous students have completed the same course, you may invite them to come and share their experience and present their podcasts to your students.
  • At the end of the course, you should organise and facilitate a communication event where your students can present their completed podcasts to each other as well as to you and the external collaboration partners.
  • Finally, you and the external collaboration partners give the students feedback on their podcasts.


  • If you can get access to film recording equipment, and if this seems relevant to the course, you may let your students work with video production rather than audio production only. In this case, it would be relevant to teach the students about the use of video, including camera angle, film cutting, lighting, storytelling models and the different film genres.


    Examples of practice

      You will need:

      • Contact details of the external collaboration partners.
      • Recording equipment and access to audio editing programs.

      Worth considering:

      • How do you set a good framework for the collaboration between your students and the external collaboration partners?
      • Did you, your students and the collaboration partners remember to align your expectations before embarking on the project work process?
      • What parts of the course syllabus are particularly well suited for communication in the podcast format?