Procedures, Badges & Certification
Membership in the Webcast Academy
community is open all those who are at least 13 years of age and agree
to abide by the community
policies. Membership is defined as anyone
registered at WebcastAcademy.net Before registering,
please read Policies
Page so you can have a better understanding for the culture
of this community.
Becoming a member allows you to:
- post comments without being moderated,
- subscribe to newsletters,
- and (if interested) take the first step toward becoming an intern.
An 'intern' is defined as someone who has begun the process of learning how to produce live, interactive webcasts and is willing to work collaboratively with others in the community. Interns can begin at any time and take as long as they need to complete all the steps involved. In the past, the Webcast Academy scheduled six week sessions that were designated by Class numbers (i.e. the Class of 1.1 or the Class of 2.3). Although we are currently experimenting with 'rolling admissions' and sessions of variable lenght, interns are still assigned a class number based on when they begin their internships. If you first participated in a previous session and are rejoining a new session, there is no need to re-register. Simply use your existing account, post a new audio introduction and pickup where you left off.
A Webcast Academy 'Guide' is someone who has gone through some or all of the intern steps and has offered to provide synchronous and asynchronous assistance to new interns for a certain period of time. A variety of collaborative tools may be used, including group skype chats, the Academy Forums, screencapture tools and desktop sharing programs. Live sessions (sometimes called live labs) can be requested by interns or scheduled by guides and occur at anytime that is convenient for those involved. While guides and the entire community are willing to help as much as possible, interns should first make some effort to find answers on their own by checking the Academy FAQ, Forums, Book of Webcasting, & Screencasts.
When posting questions in the forums, skype chat, or elsewhere, please provide as much information as possible . Posting or linking to screenshots and/or screencasts of your problem or questions makes troubleshooting much easier. Visit the Collaborative Tools Used page for more information about how to use these tools most effectively.
Because the Webcast Academy is a global community, we use GMT as the general time reference. When posting details about live events, please include GMT time and a link to the Timeanddate.com Fixed Time .
Certification Process & Graduation
In order to receive certification from the Webcast Academy as a 'live, interactive webcaster', interns will need to:
- complete their internship assignments and participate collaboratively in the Academy community. Interns who enter the Academy with all necessary skills are asked to collaborate by providing assistance to novice webcasters
- produce, edit and publish 3 interncasts
- shows need to include some kind of interaction with a live audience and should be at least 15 minutes in length
- audio should meet Worldbridges specifications, be of 'listenable audio quality', and include proper ID3 tags
- published nodes should include some kind of show notes and chat log
- complete a webcaster portfolio page
- create at least one 'webcaster setup'
- stream their own 'gradcast'
. Each gradcast will be different, but the general goal is to
demonstrate your webcasting ability, reflect on the process of becoming
a webcaster, share lessons learned, and discuss your future webcasting
goals and plans.
Graduationcasts should include
- a properly posted event listing beforehand
- an overview of their 'webcasting journey' (original motivations, personal & technical challenges, etc.)
- a brief overview of their webcasting setup and any special challenges they faced using their hardware
- short descriptions of their 3 featured interncasts
- a discussion of their future webcasting plans and goals
Gradcasts posts should be published on the Webcast Academy site within a week of webcast and include a link to the intern's webcaster portfolio, the chat log from the webcast, and properly encoded audio (with ID3 tags).
After session leaders verify successful completion of all tasks, interns will be awarded their Webcaster Badge and Certificate of Proficiency. They can then apply for a Worldbridges Webcasting License and become eligible to become a 'producer' at any of the Worldbridges webcasting communities. They will also receive 'webcaster' permissions and additional hosting space at The Webcast Academy.