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NACADA Annual Conference 2008 Code 120 By Leaps and Bounds: Using Podcasts as Advising Tools for Health Professions Students Presented by: Beverley Childress, Auburn University Krysta Diehl, Auburn University Melissa Moody, Illinois State University What is Podcasting?
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Beverley Childress, Auburn University
Krysta Diehl, Auburn University
Melissa Moody, Illinois State University
Unique, simple way to publish content onto the Web
Users connect to computer, log onto subscription service e.g. itunes
Can play podcasts from computer or upload to ipod or MP3 player
Easily produced: minimal equipment, time, money or technical knowledge required
Don’t have to be “perfect”
Provides flexibility for students: can replay at their convenience
riding the bus
walking to class
after office hours
“Advising-on-demand is a positive use of technology that allows a student sitting alone in the middle of the night to access important information,” Endres & Tisinger (2007).
Assessing information immediately reduces student’s anxiety and makes them better prepared to meet with advisor.
Remember to keep a balance in use of technology and personal contact with student. Carter (2007)
Approximately 80% of students in the College of Science & Mathematics at Auburn University are Pre-Health (Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy)
Professional programs are very competitive: provides a challenge for advisors to begin preparing them in freshman year
Podcasting is just another information resource
Attended several workshops last year at NACADA conference in Baltimore
Knew nothing about podcasting and had limited technology experience
Came back and presented ideas to Associate Dean and later with Director of Technology in our college and with other advisors
Began in January of 2008 by producing 8 podcasts on general advising topics
Saw how useful these could be in pre-health advising
Produced podcasts for applicants for professional schools
Tried different approaches until we found the one that worked for us
Providing a written “script” seems easiest and goes more smoothly and quickly
Flexibility: we often record at different times because of scheduling challenges
Meet with an I.T. technician in a media room to record
Leave a pause between segments for easier editing
Usually ask 1 or 2 students to help
Use a “conversation” format
Technician sends me a copy to preview before he puts on AU itunes
Listen to a sample podcast
The students who helped with this:
Sarah: Fall’08 – is in her first year of medical school at Florida State University
Steve: is applying to medical school for Fall ‘09
Pre-Health Orientation class
*offered to incoming freshman in the Fall
*taught by the Pre-Health Director
*provides an overview for health careers and explains the application process and requirements
*podcasts help students assess their competiveness
*helps them develop an action plan
Developing a “sophomore seminar” for Pre-health students
Assignment: choose a podcast, listen to it, and complete a worksheet
Group advising session: evaluate and discuss the worksheet with students to provide a “reality check” and planning guide
“Short courses” offered through the
Center For Teaching, Learning and
Technology on the Illinois State campus.
Recognizing our student needs and
working to accommodate them in the
way they seek and receive information.
In a report by Burst Media, a survey on media consumption by 18-24 year olds found that internet audio and video were two of the students’ top reasons for internet use.
Total audience for podcasts has increased 58% in less than two years, according to research by the Pew Internet Project.
Pilot study at University of Washington in 2006 showed that both students and faculty found podcasts to be very useful tools in the classroom.