Welcome to Community Radio and Digital Skills Course. This video tutorial will explain a little about the project before moving onto how to navigate an overview of the learning and the course content.
We use a blended learning approach in the delivery of this course. Blended learning allows for a combination of face to face workshops and online learning supports and online activities. We are flexible in terms of how we deliver the course content and will try our best to facilitate your own personal learning needs and the needs of the group.
After you complete and finish each section please go to the “Lets Talk! Your Opinions Are Important!” section at the beginning of the course. This is the space we will use as our shared learning space to reflect on our learning, to share our learning with others and to re-learn from others. In order to achieve your digital badge certification, you must engage in this section and leave a total of 3 posts in any of the discussion threads. Use whatever medium you are most comfortable with MP3, Video, or text.
Everyone is learning at a different pace, and as facilitators, we try to let you as the group direct us in facilitating your learning needs, so do not worry if you see course content that we have not covered as it will be covered at some point.
COVID-19 Modifications- The delivery of this course has been modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This training now has a stronger focus on online learning spaces and how we use them pre and post COVID-19. This means we will be running workshops online using a variety of digital tools to enhance the digital learning experience. We hope you participate and enjoy these new online workshop sessions we are planning for our new online learning space. An online learning space is also known as a VLE (virtual learning environment).
As the world moves from a post industrious economy to a digital economy, we are seeing rapid changes in how we live, learn and communicate with each other. New skills are needed to live and work in this new knowledge-based economy. We have tailored this course to reflect on these skills as tools for living in a digital world. These skills are deeply rooted in problem-solving and teamwork. These skills are called 21st-century skills. The following skills are at the core of this learning process.
While we progress into our learning journeys, one of the end goals of the project is to broadcast the content you have created through a network of community radio stations. We have multiple broadcasting partners in Europe who have partnered with us to broadcast your content. There will also be online broadcasts using various social media sites. This element of the project will be an online festival called “The Soundseekers Audio Festival. The idea behind this is that we can capture and communicate expressions of experiences, ideas, and creativity across Europe and share them with online and community radio station audiences and perhaps challenge some of the negative narratives around the asylum experience through creativity. The date has changed a number of times, and with COVID-19, we hope that the festival will happen in two parts in June 2021 and December 2021.
As you engage with the workshops and online learning, at the end of the course you will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
You will have an understanding of the ethos of community radio broadcasting and community media.
You will broaden their theoretical and critical understandings of developing digital literacy(s) and 21st Century Skills.
You will become familiar with a broad range of audio recording and digital editing (written/or audio).
You will develop and create a digital artefact (audio documentary) using critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creative skills.
You will learn about the benefits of working in groups.
You will learn a new set of transferable digital skills that are practical and recognisable in Europe as valid and needed for an ever-growing digital economy.
You will develop a broad understanding of the open-source movement and the creative commons.
Our time spent in the Jungle Camp in Calais, France has given us insight into some of the issues that arise for Refugee/Asylum/Migrant Communities when attempting to access education. We are aware of how mainstream media portrays Refugee/Asylum and Migrant communities in a negative fashion. These experiences directly inform how we develop our practice of facilitation. All our facilitators are police vetted and come from activist, community journalism and youth & community working backgrounds.
Eanna Dowling (Youth & Community)
Éanna Dowling is a radio broadcaster and documentary maker. Mostly he covers arts and social issues. Prior to working in radio, he worked in the community sector, and for environmental NGOs. He produces The Global Hub, a monthly show that explores social justice at home and abroad, for which he has a CRAOL award. He’s produced two BAI funded documentaries 10:10, the story of Clay castle Recording Studio in 10 songs; and What’s the Ska? about Ireland’s ska music scene. In addition, he produced Roads, Testimonies from Ireland’s Institutions, an unfunded documentary that told the stories of former residents in Mother and Baby homes, laundries and industrial schools. Éanna broadcasts regularly on Community Radio Youghal where he presents the weekly arts show ArteFact, and is a member of the current affairs team, contributing to news content and the weekly news review show In Focus. He delivers radio skills training and brings story-telling and technical expertise to his audio work.
Kathy O’ Hare (Youth & Community)
Kathy’s work is found located between community work, research and activism. Her work is underpinned by the following education theories critical digital pedagogy and emancipatory pedagogy. My research focus is on digital spaces, digital access and digital education with a focus on working with Refugee/Asylum/Migrant communities. Kathy is a youth and community worker, community radio documentary maker and a student for life. You can view her work here http://www.kathy.ohare.com
Bairbre Flood (Audio Producer & Activist)
Bairbre Flood is a writer and journalist who has produced several radio documentaries for national and community radio stations. Her podcast series, ‘Short Talks’ focuses on migration stories, and she has written for Metro, Headstuff and Broadsheet. Her latest documentary about Moria refugee camp, ‘Against The Wire’ is funded by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, and is due for broadcast later this year on Newstalk. (https://www.bairbreflood.com).
Digital Badge Awards
On completion of your course, you will be awarded a digital badge from University College Cork for Communication and Digital Skills. Please see the “Digital Badges” section to apply for your award http://thesoundseekers.com/digitalbadges/ Your facilitators will help you to complete the application process.
Lets Talk! Your Opinions Are Important!
This is the space in which we will discuss everything relating to our learning journeys. The discussions in this section will contribute towards you achieving your digital badge certificate. You can use video, audio or text to express your ideas, contributions, and opinions. Click on #CRRAW2020 Forum underneath to start voicing your opinions!
Lesson 1 Confidentiality, Anonymity & Consent
In this introduction section we will discuss the importance of confidentiality within our group setting both face to face and online, we will discuss why it is important to protect your identity whilst going through a legal process such as claiming asylum and finally we will explore how to achieve informed consent with the people we will interview for our stories and documentaries.
Lesson 2 Community Radio
In this section we will define what community radio is, what it does, and who is it for. We will also explore the ethos and ethics of community radio,
Lesson 3 Audio Recording Equipment
In this section we will look at some of the equipment used in making radio in and outside of the studio.
Lesson 4 Recording Time!
Enough talking, Lets move to action!. In this section we will look at how to develop a simple plan for your recording, interview techniques and combining people with technology in real time.
Lesson 5 Storytelling
In this section we explore the power of story telling. Why as humans we like stories, not only that but how we need stories to help us understand the world we live in. We will focus on story telling through a social justice lens to help us to deconstruct and understand we stories are made.
Lesson 6 Editing
In this section, we will examine the philosophical and ethical question around the power of editing and how we can engage in ethical behaviour when editing including examining our own bias and pre-constructed thoughts and opinions. There are also some samples of technical editing errors.
Lesson 7 The Role of the Producer
This section describes the role of the producer in making radio programmes.