Teaching Digital Radio History & Digital Radio Broadcasting

History of Digital Radio mindmap

I have decided that I want to teach radio broadcasting. I will need to be able to teach sound engineering, microphone techniques, radio documentary and radio feature making and sound editing to my students.

This mind map is what I have decided I need to know in order to teach this. I need to know the history of radio broadcasting. I need to know how sound travels. (I need to know Physics for that.) I need to be able to draw diagrams explaining how sound frequencies work, how switches work, what microphones you should use etc.

I am the teacher but I must always remember what the student needs to learn, what skills the student needs to acquire in order to progress onwards into employment in radio.

The History of Digital Radio Broadcasting

For the Digital History module, I intend to create a design for a website on “The History of Digital Radio”.

This will include an explanation of what “Digital” means and how “radio broadcasting” has changed with the enhancement of digital tools. My area of speciality is online radio so there will be a section for the history and progress of online radio broadcasting across the world up until now.

I will give examples of success stories in online radio broadcasting and there will be a tutorial on how to set up your own online radio station.

This is work in progress: “The History of Digital Radio”

I made the following video with Adobe Voice on my iPad as an advertisement for my digital history website:

On being a digital humanist…

Digital humanitarianism – Educating: Teaching and Learning in a digital framework

On being a digital humanist:
By Mairéad Meade

“The digital humanities field seems to offer a realm of study for exploring the changing dynamics between the research library and the scholar.” Cunningham, L. (2010)

Wikipedia – “Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities”

Wikipedia – “The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture”

I am a radio broadcaster or so I thought until I started this Master’s in Digital Cultures. I never thought I would be calling myself a digital humanist but I realise now that this is what I am fast becoming.

Now I am interested in more than radio broadcasting. I want to be a part of the online world of digital cultures and make a difference. I am now a digital humanist. I want to immerse myself in the digital humanities that study human culture through computers and particularly (for me) via the world wide web’s online radio resources.

“The scholarly field of the digital humanities has recently expanded and integrated its fundamental concepts, historical coverage, relationship to social experience, scale of projects, and range of interpretive approaches. All this brings the overall field (including the related area of new media studies) to a tipping point where it has the potential not just to facilitate the work of the humanities but to represent the state of the humanities at large in its changing relation to higher education in the postindustrial state.”

Liu, A. (2012). The state of the digital humanities A report and a critique. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 11(1-2), 8-41.

I hope to teach Radio Broadcasting in higher education at the end of this year as I believe that studying the digital humanities is giving me a broader spectrum on how to teach a digital culture and how to teach how to work with digital tools from the perspective of teaching and learning. Studying the digital humanities is helping me become a better teacher.

“I understand digital humanities as an umbrella term for a diverse set of practices and concerns, all of which combine computing and digital media with humanities research and teaching”.

Jones, S. E. (2013). The emergence of the digital humanities. Routledge.

The emergence of the digital humanities has given me grounds not only to learn but to teach and to specialise my teaching in the area of radio broadcasting towards giving a wider “culture” of digital tools and digital humanities’ knowledge to my future students.

I am learning how to be a teacher and how to channel my digital knowledge in my specialist field of radio broadcasting towards my future students all thanks to this Master’s in Digital Cultures. I am very grateful for this opportunity to learn and to teach.