Seneca College is introducing two new microcredentials in Accessible Podcasting, designed to help podcasters understand how to make their work accessible.
Developed in conjunction with the CNIB Foundation and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, and funded by the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, the program includes two microcredential courses: Pre-Production and Production.
Among the first offerings of its kind in Canada, the microcredentials will teach students how to plan, produce and deliver a podcast through the lens of the disability community to make their podcasts more accessible to users, and how to respectfully include and represent members of the disability community in podcast content. The courses will also help students with accessibility requirements create their own podcasts, through the use of software and accessible production techniques.
“We’re proud to be part of this initiative with Seneca to create an inclusive and accessible learning experience for students,” said Lee Pigeau, National Executive Director, Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. “Creating accessible podcasts will remove barriers and provide content, best practices and the right tools and technology for students looking to pursue a career in this multifaceted online media platform.”
Registration is now open for the Pre-Production course, which begins in June, while the Production course will be offered this fall.
The new courses are part of Seneca’s ongoing push into the podcast space as it endeavours to keep pace with emerging technologies and platforms to ensure graduates are poised for success in the industry. Students in the college’s Broadcasting – Radio and Journalism programs are trained in podcasting and audio production across a number of courses, including Storytelling and Advanced Storytelling for Audio Platforms, Reporting, Media Content Production, and Announcing.
Additionally, to help students build awareness of their podcasts and get experience, Seneca has a partnership with 105.9 The Region (CFMS-FM) Markham, which airs student podcasts on the station’s Discovery program Saturday mornings during the winter semester.
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