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Volunteer Project: Podcast Recorders

I've been toying around with Articulate Storyline for awhile now and have been looking for an opportunity to apply my skills in a real-world setting. That opportunity recently presented itself during a conversation over a cup of coffe with my wife, who is the producer of the B4NP podcast.


The recorders currently being used for the podcast are starting to show wear and will soon need to be replaced. Additionally, there have been some issues with guests not following the procedures leading to the podcast having to use the backup audio from the recorded Zoom session. I asked Steph (my wife) if I could see what all they currently gave podcast guests, both the equipment and any guides to help them get it set up. After taking a look through everything, I knew I could help simplify the process for the podcast and their guests.


Steph talked to the Director and he agreed to give me a chance to talk to other staff members of the podcast to assess current needs, explore solutions, and develop a guide for the guests to use walking them through the process. You can view the needs analysis, data analysis, and proposed solution documents by expanding the Project Documents collapsible list below.

Project Documents

You can view any of the project documents below by selecting the download icon.


B4NP Needs Analysis
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Download PDF • 111KB

B4NP Data Collection
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Download PDF • 145KB

B4NP Solutions
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Download PDF • 126KB

In the end, the staff elected to replace the older recorders with the updated model. I was able to take the existing directions, which were spread out in email instructions, a PDF, and a video walkthrough and condense them into one Storyline creation that would be emailed to each guests in the days leading up to their interview. The document is viewable on mobile devices or computers, has optional audio directions, works with keyboard navigation, and is WCAG 2.1 AAA compliant with contrast ratios. You can find the finished product below or use this link to open it in a new tab.


Time will tell if the project has the desired affect, but Jared Byas was thrilled with the project upon delivery and I was thrilled to gain some real-world experience as an instructional designer.


"We were looking for an accessible, interactive tool to help guide our podcast guests through the interview process with a focus on the operation of our recording equipment and how to upload audio files post-interview. Jared created something that was designed well, had a clean user experience, and efficiently communicated our procedures to our guests." - Jared Byas, Director of B4NP

Image Description

Jared Byas, B4NP's Director, is shown on the left side of the graphic sitting on a stool. He is wearing a checkboard-pattern button down shirt, smiling, and has his hands clasped together. The right side of the graphic shows Jared's five-star review which reads, "We were looking for an accessible, interactive tool to help guide our podcast guests through the interview process with a focus on the operation of our recording equipment and how to upload audio files post-interview. Jared created something that was designed well, had a clean user experience, and efficiently communicated our procedures to our guests."


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