ENGLISH 10803 | Yoga-Zen Writing

Podcast Tutorial:

  • Planning:
    • Script
      • outline of main points
      • conversational tone
      • include tags for who is saying each line
      • transitions / transitional phrases
      • Make sure that everyone’s voice is equally heard throughout the podcast
    • Equipment:
      • Avoid using your computer microphone.
      •  Recording with the built-in mic on your headphones will improve audio quality.
      • Make sure your mic is below your mouth and a bit to the side.
      • Don’t speak directly into the mic.
      • Make sure you watch the audio levels as you record. You don’t want your levels to be too high (too loud) because the quality will sound bad and if they are too low, it will be too soft.
    • Environment:
      • Try to record in a quiet environment.
      • Check out the environment before you start recording and listen for any background noise such as fans, air conditioners, printers, washing machines.
      • Avoid recording in environments with hard surfaces since they can cause an echo.
      • If you can’t find a quiet place to record, you can always find a small space to record in with a blanket over your head. It sounds weird, but it works.

  • Recording:
    • Take a sample recording before you start your interview. This will allow you to check the volume, as well as make sure that everything is working/saving correctly.
    • Keep all of your files in one place and make sure that folder is backed up to something like Google Drive, TCU Box, etc.
    • Can record in-person or virtually
    • Make sure you check your files after you are done recording


ENGLISH 10803 | Yoga-Zen Writing


In this tutorial, students will learn the tech resources available to them through the Center for Digital Expression (CDEx) and learn where to find copyright-free images and music resources. By the end of the tutorial, students will be able to choose a new media medium that fits their research presentation needs: video, Prezi, infographics, websites, Pecha Kucha, Ignite, podcasts, and much more. Additional resources on design principles are available at the bottom of this page.

CDEx Tech Resources

Tech > Video ResourcesTech > Images ResourcesTech > Audio Resources

Tech > Presentation Design Student Gallery

Movie Maker Tutorial:

iMovie Tutorial:











Two Methods for Grabbing Online Video Tutorial


Overview of the Video Production Process

Introduction to the Video Production Process (PDF)

NMWS_VideoProject_Overview_SP15 (PP)

NMWS_ShotComposition_SP15 (PP)

NMWS_GraphicMatch_SP15 (PP)

Storyboard Template

TCU Resources

Fact Books via TCU’s Office of Institutional Research

TCU’s Photo Library

TCU at a Glance

TCU 360

KTCU 88.7 The Choice (radio station)

Examples of New Media Projects




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Argument Videos


Presentation Zen is a great approach to designing effective slides. Read/ listen to Garr Reynolds discuss his top ten tips for finding Presentation Zen.

Apply C.R.A.P. design principles to your work; check out this YouTube tutorial:

Additional Resources:

Additional Audacity Tutorials from YouTube:

Andrew Mercer’s Audacity Tutorial Playlist



Garage Band Tutorial:

For those of you who might prefer working with Mac products, we’re happy to share this video tutorial thanks to our Spring 2017 Intern Aubrey Fineout,

How to Record Audio with Garage Band:

Additional Resources:

Royalty Free Music


Music Screen

Royalty Free Sound Effects

Sound Bible

Free Sound