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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.

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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

polcasting
What is our project?

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
audience attitudes to podcasts
Do you know what a podcast is?

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
our session
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
project aims
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
what is podcasting
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

Example-Archers podcasts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/archers

What is podcasting?
implications for t l
Appeals to the digital natives…?

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 2006

Implications for T&L
what we planned to do
Create a pod library

Survey all PIR staff

Survey PIR students at Leeds and LJMU and conduct focus groups

Arrange 4 trials

What we planned to do
the trials
Were the 4 trials podcasting?

substitution of traditional lecture

enhancement of traditional lecture

enhancement of traditional tutorial

enhancement of communication

New Trials

Podule-weekly lecture summary

Subscribe (and listen!) to relevant podcasts

Tutorial-record student presentation

The Trials
what we will do
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.

Project disseminations

Social bookmarking allows us to create a ‘community of practice’

What we will do!
reactions
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 brainstorm

Reactions!
what to consider when producing podcasts
Podcasting vs. Audio

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
the output
Polcasting Project

NYPL, Audio and Video Archive

Welcome to the IMPALA project

http://www.c-sap.bham.ac.uk/

The output
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