Polcasting: The Use of Podcasting in the learning and teaching of politics and international relations. Jason Ralph, Naomi Head, Simon Lightfoot School of Politics and International Studies University of Leeds Esther Jubb, School of Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University.
Jason Ralph, Naomi Head, Simon Lightfoot
School of Politics and International Studies
University of Leeds
Esther Jubb, School of Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University
What is our project? teaching of politics and international relations
University of Leeds and Liverpool John Moores University subject centre (C-SAP) sponsored project examining podcasting in the learning and teaching of Politics and International Relations.Polcasting
Do you know what a podcast is? teaching of politics and international relations
Do you use podcasts either for fun or for teaching?
Are podcasts useful in learning and teaching?
Do students want more e-learning?Audience attitudes to podcasts
Today we will showcase the project website, highlight the availability and use of podcasting in the learning and teaching in this area,
outline how we plan to discover student opinion at Leeds and Liverpool
preparations for second semester trials on US Politics (Liverpool) and US Foreign Policy (Leeds) modules.Our session
assist PIR students and teachers in ‘consuming’, podcasts by raising awareness of what is ‘out there’
engage PIR students on their use of podcasts as part of a ‘blended’ learning strategy
offer a centralised point (a project webpage hosted C-SAP) which brings together material identified by the project as being pedagogically useful
assist participating PIR teachers in the production, storage, cataloguing and use of subject relevant podcasts.
identify ‘success/fit for purpose criteria’ for use of podcasts in teaching.
produce ‘using podcasts guidelines’ for PIR staff and students and make these ‘top tips’ available to the PIR community via C-SAP,Project Aims
As we discovered not just putting audio files in a powerpoint, on the portal or on the internet! Common misconception
Involves audio files on the Internet in conjunction with an RSS FEED that automatically downloads files over time
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/archersWhat is podcasting?
Appeals to the digital natives…? powerpoint, on the portal or on the internet! Common misconception
Easy and low cost to create and distribute
Caters for different learning styles
Student centred in allowing choice about where and when to access, repeat etc.
Maps onto the chronological nature of typical HE teaching?
Source Low 2006Implications for T&L
Create a pod library powerpoint, on the portal or on the internet! Common misconception
Survey all PIR staff
Survey PIR students at Leeds and LJMU and conduct focus groups
Arrange 4 trialsWhat we planned to do
Were the 4 trials podcasting? powerpoint, on the portal or on the internet! Common misconception
substitution of traditional lecture
enhancement of traditional lecture
enhancement of traditional tutorial
enhancement of communication
Podule-weekly lecture summary
Subscribe (and listen!) to relevant podcasts
Tutorial-record student presentationThe Trials
Survey all students using bristol online survey tool using questions already asked of Leeds medics
Bristol Online Surveys (BOS)
Utilise C-SAP survey to discover staff attitudes
Student Focus Groups
Create pod library but using social bookmarking site grazr.
Social bookmarking allows us to create a ‘community of practice’What we will do!
First time we have shown this website in public, so would welcome your initial reactions.
We don’t want to pre-empt your reactions so a quick brainstormReactions!
Podcasting vs. Audio welcome your initial reactions.
Do you want to produce audio (mp3) or video (mp4) files?
Do you have the necessary equipment?
Does your university have an appropriate storage space for audio/video files?
How are your students going to access the podcasts?What to consider when producing podcasts
Polcasting Project welcome your initial reactions.
NYPL, Audio and Video Archive
Welcome to the IMPALA project