Making Practice Publishable - A Narrative Podcast Telling of an Academic Paper

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Academic journal articles are, of course, written. Except when they aren't.

This presentation (and accompanying podcast) tells the story of an academic journal article that decided to be a podcast as well. The article was born out of a research project, investigating the theory/practice gap and the difficulty that practice academics have in getting their work published. Podcasting techniques were adapted to theme and analyse the data, preserving the interviews in audio for as long as possible before converting to text.

But the journal article of course lost those voices, with all their tone and nuance. It occurred to us that if we could produce the article in audio, the richness and depth of those voices could be restored. The resulting audio piece, re-presenting a fully academic, refereed piece of research and perhaps the first of its kind, was published by Times Higher Education Podcast in June this year.

Received wisdom used to regard spoken word audio (then really only radio) to be limited in its capacity to convey complexity. Podcasting has broken open those assumptions, evolving immersive storytelling techniques to tell rich and complex stories. This presentation argues that it is possible to apply these techniques to translate academic discourses into more accessible forms, opening texts in new ways, to new audiences, using new spaces and listening-friendly (commuting, cooking, cleaning) times.

Making Practice Publishable‚ the original research project, sought to explore the different ways that knowledge is created and validated in the academy and in industry/practice, and what needs to happen in order for this knowledge to be effectively shared. There was a particular appropriateness in also taking podcast forms, which have not been used extensively as a medium for academic texts, to translate and transmit this research.
Period6 Oct 2021
Event titleAustralian Educational Podcasting Conference 2021
Event typeConference
LocationMelbourne, Australia, VictoriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational