Getting started with producing FOAMed

I’ve tried to update this material as time as gone on. I’ve get some of the older material lower down as it’s still somewhat relevant. The most recent material came from the RCEM Learning FOAMed workshop in London in December 2017. This was a first for us as the RCEM learning team and we’re by no means experts but we’re really keen to get other people involved in producing FOAMed either locally or collaboratively with a site like RCEM Learning. We had guest faculty in the form of Simon Carley from St Emlyns and Tessa Davis from Don’t Forget the Bubbles.

RCEM Learning FOAMed Workshop December 2017

RCEM Learning has a post with most of the relevant references and I’ve created a few more detailed posts here.

I’ve also made a video on the process of producing the RCEM Learning Podcast with some extra tips.

Older tutorials

recording a Screencast

Minh Le Cong has just created a video on he produces his podcast. He uses PC so there’s some nice tips on there.

A note on copyright and images




This is tricky and I in no way pretend to be an expert on it. The one thing we have in our favour in the #FOAMed world is that we’re doing it for free. Everything gets a lot more tricky when you’re trying to make money on it. That doesn’t mean that you can simply do whatever you want just cause you’re not charging. There is a real possibility that you might piss someone else by using their material without paying or without credit.

Everything I write I label as creative commons. This is an online movement to enable appropriate reuse and attribution of online resources. In general, creative commons resources can be used and modified freely as long as you 1) do not charge, 2) credit the original author.


As I showed at the workshop, google have a nice search option for images labelled for non commercial re use. I use this extensively. Flickr has a similar service.

google search