Digital Media Sampler: Teaching Writing through Podcasts, Twitter, and Video

OU’s Student Technology Center Resources

Lab Work Stations and Breakout Rooms: The STC has 40 workstations (10 Mac, 30 PC) for students. Three computers have the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite for use. New for fall 2018 will be Breakout Rooms where students can meet in groups and display work on TV screens.

Student Technology Mentoring: Students can sign-up for 1-on-1 appointments with student mentors who are trained in all software available at the STC.

Custom Workshops: bring your class in to the STC, and work with employees to customize a session for your needs.

Equipment Loan Program
: Students can check out laptops, tablets, video cameras, microphones, voice recorders, and more for 3 business days (one week for laptops). There is also a reservation list where students can reserve equipment in advance.

  • Laptops (5 Macs, 8 PCs)
  • iPads and Tablets (7 available)
  • 1 Drawing Tablet
  • Video Cameras (8 Canon Rebel DSLR, 4 DSLRV, 2 HD camcorders)
  • Microphones (2 Yeti mics, 2 digital voice recorders)

Podcasting Resources

Syllabus for WRT 3071: Podcasting, taught fall 2017
Audacity workshop 1 – orienting
Audacity workshop 2 – layering voices
Audacity workshop 3 – mixing found assets
Oral History Assignment Sheet, from WRT 3071

Audacity audio editor version 2.2.2 (download at with LAME encoder (download at – lame)

The Psycho across the Street” audio research story, by Audrey Downs (WRT Major, 2017 graduate)

Finding Podcasts

The 25 Best Podcast Episodes Ever – (published in 2014)
10-Minute Tech Comm
99% Invisible – about “all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.”
Buzzfeed’s 27 Podcasts for 2017
Gilmore Guys
The Guardian’s Best 50 Podcasts of 2016
HowSound – a podcast about podcasting and radio storytelling
IndieWire’s 50 Best Podcast episodes of 2017 so far
Kscope Record Label – Podcasts
The Kitchen Sisters Present… – explores “lost recordings, shards of sound along with new tales of remarkable people from around the world —stories from the flip side of history.”
NME’s Best 13 Podcasts
Out of the Blocks –  “one block at a time, radio producer Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick are sharing the stories of Baltimore in a way that’s never been heard before.”
Podcast Alley – aggregator for podcast news and resources
Podcast One
Radiotopia –  a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts.
S-Town (explicit content)
Serial, season 1
 (explicit content)
Time’s 50 Best Podcasts Right Now

Video Resources

Inquiry through Video Assignment Sheet, WRT 1060
Getting Ready for Video handout, WRT 1060
Making your Practice Video – Directions (outside of class)
Video Editing Hardware and Software Intro Workshop (in class)

Sample videos (of all quality levels)

The Rise of Esports
College Students and Sleep
Visiting a Church
Do You Really Know What You’re Eating?
Asian Carp
The Art of Trespassing
Book Banning

Twitter Resources

Vie and Walls special issue of Kairos summer 2015: “Because Facebook: Digital Rhetoric/Social Media”

Yergeau “Disability Hacktivism”; Bonazzo “‘To Siri with Love” Author Fires Back” and the #BoycottToSiri tweet stream

Moeti, “Digital Activism Comes of Age” and Gladwell, “Small Change”

Dadas, “Hashtag Activism”; Buckman, “The Limits of Hashtag Activism”;
Donias, Hashtag Activism is Fleeting

Burr, “Bicycles, Bonfires and an Airport Apocalypse;  some responses to Mark Sample’s Netprov

Netprov activity from WRT 233
WRT 233’s Netprov story from 2016:

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