This week and next we will be working on producing a radio show. The show will be broadcast on ds106radio after they are completed. (Completed radio projects are due by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020)
Group Radio Show Guidelines
The radio show will be a group project with members of the class self-dividing into groups of around four people. (This semester, we only have four people, so there’s one show and one group.) This group project is a major learning outcome for the course; that of working together as a member of a virtual team. We are already connected on Twitter, but you may want to consider using other technologies to collaborate such as Microsoft Teams available through Office 365. (Note: Julian & I have already tested Teams. It works great. Install the app and get connected with us!)
You will have two weeks to complete the project. These are the specifications:
- All group members must contribute to the final radio show. Create a shared Google Document (or Teams document?) for planning and collaboration. If you invite Dr. Gx to be part of it, he can offer advice and input.
- The total show should be around 20-30 minutes long, equal to at least 5-7 minutes per person in the group.
- The show must include at least 3 ds106 radio bumpers (they can be specific to the show or general bumpers for ds106radio) that are produced by group members.
- The show must include at least 3 commercial advertisements or PSAs. The show must include bumpers to transition between the program and the ads. (Suggestion: They don’t have to be serious advertisements, they can be humorous satire.
- The show must relate in some way to the “Hard Times” theme of the class. How you go about that is up to you. You can tell stories of fact or fiction from hard times of the past or present. You can use fictional characters or honest-to-goodness real-life stories of the past or present. You can discuss true stories of incredible heroism or you can tell fanciful stories of fiction using characters you have created. In the end, we are looking for original program content.
- The show can contain music, but it should follow copyright guidelines. You can create original music, use creative commons music that grants you a license to use it, or you can do a remix of popular music that only includes short excerpts. Be advised that Soundcloud and YouTube are very sensitive to copyright-protected works and use software to take down violations of copyright.
- Blog about your process and progress. We expect that every member will write a blog at least once during the first week about progress being made. We also expect every member to blog at least once during the second week about the completion of the project. These should be substantive blog posts in which you explain what progress/decisions the group had made, what individual work you’ve been doing, what tools/tech you’re using, what’s going well, what’s not working, etc.
- Each group member needs to create at least one promotional graphic in the form of a poster/bumper sticker/logo etc. for their show during the first week — a little splash of design work.
- Update the instructor about your group’s progress at some point during the first and second weeks.
- Consider what a show should sound like. There needs to be an opening and a closing. You may need transitional elements; you may need to include sound effects. You will need to do audio production. This may include editing sections together, layering in background sounds, incorporating music, etc.
- While each team member should create 5-7 minutes of radio content, the finished show should be edited together into one single file that is uploaded to Canvas on behalf of the group. Your group should elect a representative to be responsible for submitting the finished program.
Audio editing is time-consuming. Plan to be finished early and you will probably be done on time.
Summary of Deadlines and Assignments for the Next 2 Weeks
Due by 11:59 pm Tuesday 10/13/20 (Summarized, as usual, in a weekly post):
- Radio Show Progress: A blog post on your radio show process and progress.
- Radio Show Design Project: A blog post for your radio show poster/bumper sticker/logo etc. Write this post just like you would an assignment post — with the same amount of detail we usually expect!
- Commenting: Online interaction is a must-have professional skill. If you aren’t getting enough feedback on your work, it is because you aren’t giving enough feedback to others. Increase your interactions with the DS106 community by tweeting and leaving individual blog comments and questions throughout the week. Everyone needs to do a good job of reading/commenting/questioning other students’ work. You should try to comment on at least 6 posts/tweets by other students this week (including Twitter tweets). Be sure to link to your posts/tweet commentary in your weekly summary by linking or embedding them in the summary narrative.
- Audio Assignments: Complete 8 stars of Audio assignments. Try to do at least 5 stars that can be used in your piece or segment of the radio show (bumpers, commercials, story development etc.). We are assigning these stars this week so that you are making progress on developing content for your shows!
- Daily Creates: Do 1-2 Daily Create assignments this week.
Due by Midnight 10/20/20 (Summarized, as usual, in a weekly post):
- Completed radio show (only one person per group needs to upload a completed mp3 file of the radio program, but it does need to be submitted to Canvas on behalf of everyone in your group.)
- Radio Show Progress: Second blog post summarizing your radio show process.
- Commenting: Repeat the commenting assignment from week 1.
- Daily Creates: Do 1-2 Daily Create assignments this week.
You can find additional audio resources in the Open Ds106 syllabus (http://ds106.us/open-course/unit-7-advanced-audio/).
If you find other helpful hints, you can share them over the next few weeks via Twitter, using the tag #ds106 and/or #digme256 and on our Microsoft Teams group.