Podcasts and podcasting with your phone

“Can’t you smother it with tomato ketchup or something?”

John Lennon asking George Martin to cover up his horrible voice.

Today we will:

  • introduce you to the possibility of using your phone and MyPlayer for podcasting
  • introduce you to the private ‘personal’ category all staff have on MyPlayer
  • introduce you to free academic content in iTunes, including our University’s channel
  • give you an opportunity to have a hunt for interesting podcasts
  • discuss some reasons why you might consider podcasting

What if I don’t have a smart phone or don’t wish to make a video?

It’s absolutely fine if you don’t have a smart phone and/or do not wish to record anything, the activity below caters for you.

What we mean by Podcasting

The word ‘podcast’ is used generically to describe any video or audio file uploaded to the web. We will continue to use that generic term here, though the original term related specifically to a series of audio files released in sequence and downloaded by subscribers  (I’ll collect my anorak at the door).

What software do we have to deliver podcasts?

iTunes has a section called iTunesU. Hundreds of universities upload free-to-use content on to it. If you have access to iTunes then go and have a look, there’s some incredible resources up there. I’d like to think our teachers might encourage our students to find information on there too.  Anglia Ruskin University has a channel on iTunes that we use for podcasting – enter Anglia Ruskin in the search engine of iTunes, and see what we’ve produced. Have a search for Open University too if you get chance.

Staff can’t post things directly to our iTunesU channel (speak to me, Jason Williams, if you’d like to). However, I believe it’s good to know that ARU are representation on there of high quality materials, which have received tens of thousands of views and downloads from all over the world. The image below shows our latest collection:



All members of staff have access to upload to the University media library, MyPlayer. Everyone now has a personal category which is a private area they can upload to, and then share only to people who they give the web address to.

Why would I create podcasts?

  • It’s incredibly simple to do these days – and the quality of the image and audio is amazing on phones.
  • You can connect with students and let them know what’s coming up in the week/semester/course.
  • You can make very usable videos of activities to give feedback.
  • You can create short videos and answer frequently asked questions.
  • Set tasks or deliver content before class, to discuss in class.
  • Videos can help create a personal touch.

Why would I watch/listen/subscribe to Podcasts?

There’s a world of incredible content out there being delivered in this way. Whether work related or not, I hope you find something you like when you attempt the task.

How to create  podcasts with your mobile phone:

It’s very easy. Here are the instructions in short:

  • Go to myplayer.anglia.ac.uk on your phone
  • Log in using your staff user name and password
  • Click ‘upload’
  • and either shoot or upload a video you’ve made

View a short video tutorial on how to upload from your phone if you need more help.

Tips on how to make a podcast:

  • Don’t worry too much about the odd extraneous noise – life is noisy and you’ll never find anywhere completely quiet.
  • If you mess up a bit, cough or whatever, that’s fine, and is quite natural. However,  if you get something factually incorrect, that would be problematic and you will need to either correct yourself, or start again.
  • Keep it short and to the point – think about how long you’d watch a video for.
  • Nobody is going to be in the slightest bit put off if you have a piece of paper with you that you refer to.
  • I’ve found that balancing my phone on the lip of the screen-surround is a good place to shoot from:




You have a choice today:

1. Find me an interesting educational podcast, and post a description/url to it in the comments section (use Google to find them)


2. Use your phone to record a quick message, go to myplayer.anglia.ac.uk on your phone, and upload the video into your Private Category on MyPlayer via your phone. You will receive a link to that video in your email once the system has finished compressing it. (it usually takes about 20 mins) Copy that link from the email and paste it into the comments section. Here’s one I made earlier.

P.S. That quote at the top of the page?  Even John Lennon hated his voice – people are already used to yours, be brave.










145 thoughts on “Podcasts and podcasting with your phone

  1. Martin Hewitt December 12, 2016 / 8:51 am

    I have recorded a short video on my phone; but that’s not very interesting, so instead I’ll shameless promote a podcast of a talk I gave last year on the Poverty of Anti-Historicism in Victorian Studies that its available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJP-8vG2ypk


  2. Elaine Brown December 12, 2016 / 9:50 am

    I’m able to view some of the my.player recordings, but unfortunately not all of them. The system says “This video is secured and not currently available to you”. Is there a setting that I need to change please? With many thanks.


  3. Laura December 13, 2016 / 11:24 am

    This is great for children’s student nurses as it critiques a piece of research, clearly and provides rationale for use. The podcast helped engagement


  4. Helen Keyes December 13, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Podcast on statistics


  5. John Manning December 14, 2016 / 3:06 pm


  6. sharonwaller2015 December 20, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Lots of great podcasts on Inside Higher Ed including one on Using OERs in your Teaching, 3/11/16. They’re organized into categories making it easy to find ones that are of interest. An excellent resource!

    How about: ‘Presumed Incompetent’ with Yolanda Niemann?



  7. Sat Sehmbey December 21, 2016 / 2:29 pm


  8. Philip Howlett December 29, 2016 / 7:35 am

    The BBC has a really good series (from 2015) called “The Educators” and I recommend my students to listen to some of the podcasts from there. This one is an interview with Sal Khan who runs the world’s largest school – the Khan Academy – with more than 10 million people using the resources every month!


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  9. Sarah Allen February 8, 2017 / 9:12 am

    This is a podcast I found a while ago and downloaded to watch on the train commute to work. Really interesting lectures on General Philosophy by Peter Millican from the University of oxford. It also comes with powerpoint slides able to download. Noticed the Creative Commons logo this time round after the last activity.



  10. Diane February 9, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    My son has posted some archaeology podcasts – Trenchtalk


  11. Rebecca Lee March 5, 2017 / 1:19 pm


  12. edgar March 8, 2017 / 12:46 am

    [audio src="http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/downloads/podcast_audio/TravelCalculator.mp3" /]


  13. Nermin Minter June 2, 2017 / 10:48 am

    “In the academic realm, what new duties will the ‘The 21st Century Librarian’ have? And what will the library of the future look like?”


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