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Blogs & Podcasts in Higher Education. Mike Ho Dr. Jennifer Spink Strickland Paradise Valley Community College. Web. Log. Blog. Date Stamp. Blog Entry Title. Anatomy of a Blog Entry. Blog entry content. Permalink. Comments. Communicate. Influence. Share. Learning.

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Blogs podcasts in higher education

Blogs & Podcasts in Higher Education

Mike Ho

Dr. Jennifer Spink Strickland

Paradise Valley Community College


Web

Log

Blog


Anatomy of a blog entry

Date Stamp

Blog Entry Title

Anatomy of a Blog Entry

Blog entry content

Permalink

Comments


Communicate

Influence

Share

Learning

Develop community

Marketing

Self Expression


Barely tenured
“Barely Tenured”

“The Chronicles of Dr. Crazy”

“Thoughts, Arguments and Rants”

“Invisible Adjunct”

“TheCranky Professor”


What is podcasting
What is Podcasting?

A method of publishing audio broadcasts via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files (usually MP3s). It became popular in late 2004, largely due to automatic downloading of audio onto portable players or personal computers.


What is podcasting1
What is Podcasting?

  • Podcasting enables independent producers to create self-published, syndicated “radio shows.”

  • Listeners may subscribe to feeds using "podcatching" software, which periodically checks for and downloads new content automatically.

  • Any digital audio player or computer with audio-playing software can play podcasts.


College radio vs podcasting

Radio

Mostly Music

Requires studio from which to broadcast

Live Broadcast

Accessible by radio or desktop computer

Podcasting

Mostly Talk

Requires webserver to store audio files

Pre-recorded Content

Accessible by computer but usable by PC, MAC, iPod, Mp3 Players, or PDA

College Radio Vs. Podcasting


RSS

  • Really Simple Syndication

    • The technology of RSS allows Internet users to subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds; these are typically sites that change or add content regularly.

  • Podcatchers: Programs to download RSS Feeds

    • iTunes

    • iPodder

    • Mozilla or Netscape 8.0 Browsers



5 things every podcaster needs to get started1
5 Things Every Podcaster Needs to Get Started

  • A Concept

  • Desktop Microphones

  • Recording and Editing Software

  • Content

  • Hosting Space


Item 1 a concept
Item #1: A Concept

  • Who is the target audience? Students? Faculty? Staff? The Community?

  • What is the purpose?

  • Who will be involved?

  • How often will these be produced?

  • What types of items will be featured?


Item 2 desktop microphone
Item #2: Desktop Microphone

  • Plugs directly into the microphone port.

  • $10.00 at Office Max


Item 2 desktop microphone1
Item #2: Desktop Microphone

  • Consider a Y Audio Splitter

  • $3.00 at Radio Shack


Item 3 recording and editing software
Item #3: Recording and Editing Software

  • Freeware: Audacity

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

  • “How-To” Guide in mcli Forum Newsletter Volume 9, Spring 2005

    http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/forum/


Item 3 recording and editing software1
Item #3: Recording and Editing Software

  • Creating an Mp3 file

    • Keep bit rate small for faster downloads

    • Typical Mp3 is 128kb/second

    • Reduce to 80kb/s or less for voice recordings


Item 4 content
Item #4: Content

  • Interviews with faculty, staff, student leaders

  • Public service announcements

  • Upcoming campus events

  • Sound clips from visiting performers


Item 4 content tips
Item #4: Content Tips

  • Interviews: Provide questions to interviewees in advance ESPECIALLY STUDENTS.

  • Music: Use Royalty Free Music

    • Royalty Free Music.comhttp://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/free-music-loops.html

    • Opuzzhttp://www.opuzz.com


Item 5 hosting space
Item #5: Hosting Space

At PVCC, our podcasts can be found on our

Student Life Weblog.


Item 5 hosting space1
Item #5: Hosting Space

Skagit Valley College uses Blogger.com

http://svcpodcasts.blogspot.com/


Item 5 hosting space2
Item #5: Hosting Space

  • iTunes University: http://www.apple.com/education/solutions/itunes_u/

  • FREE Hosting Service


You ve created a podcast now what
You’ve Created a Podcast. Now What?

  • How will your audience know your podcast exists?

    • Icon on the college’s homepage

    • Welcome Week Information Cards

    • Word of Mouth

    • Thomson-Peterson’s College and University Feed Directoryhttp://directory.edufeeds.com/


Opportunities student recruitment
Opportunities: Student Recruitment

  • Target Populations

    • Online Students

    • English Language Learners

    • Athletes

    • Performing Arts Students

  • Orientation Sessions

    • For Students Unable to Attend Traditional Orientation

    • Senior Night


Opportunities student engagement
Opportunities: Student Engagement

  • Inform Students About Campus Events

  • Help Students “Meet” Faculty and Staff Members as well as other students

  • Supplemental Education for Classrooms


Why podcast
Why Podcast?

  • Easy and Fun

  • Cost Effective

  • Excitement of Experimentation

    • Video Podcasting

    • i Tunes University


For a copy of this presentation

For A Copy of This Presentation

http://eport.maricopa.edu/


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