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Podcasting in Learning and Teaching Spotlight 2009. Graham McElearney - LeTS. Today’s session:. Introduction to podcasting, screencasting and videocasting Uses of podcasting in learning and teaching Demonstration of producing a podcast. Definition: Podcasting (I).

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Podcasting in learning and teaching spotlight 2009

Podcasting in Learning and TeachingSpotlight 2009

Graham McElearney - LeTS


Today s session
Today’s session:

  • Introduction to podcasting, screencasting and videocasting

  • Uses of podcasting in learning and teaching

  • Demonstration of producing a podcast


Definition podcasting i
Definition: Podcasting (I)

  • Distribution/publishing of digital audio via the Internet

  • Can be subscribed to via RSS, and retrieved from the Internet using podcatching software e.g. iTunes, Juice

  • Or can be simply downloaded from a website

  • Normally in MP3 format


Definition podcasting ii
Definition: Podcasting (II)

  • Once downloaded, audio can then be played back using iTunes (PC/Mac), or Windows Media Player (PC)…

  • …Or transferred to a Digital Media Player (DMP), mobile phone, PDA…..

  • Podcast = iPod + broadcast

  • A misnomer – podcasts can be played on a wide range of DMPs, ranging in price from £10 to £250+


Definition enhanced podcasts
Definition: Enhanced podcasts

  • Other media type can be included along with audio e.g. images, text, URL hyperlinks

  • Longer programmes can be chapterised for ease of navigation

  • Playback limited to higher end DMPs, e.g. iPod, or iTunes software


Key pedagogical points flexible delivery
Key pedagogical points – flexible delivery

  • Audio content is downloaded rather than streamed

  • Material can be used away from an Internet connected device

  • Allows for flexible delivery of learning materials e.g. walking to classes, on the bus, stacking shelves…..

  • Ties in with the broader field of “mobile learning”


Key pedagogical points use of audio
Key pedagogical points – use of audio

  • Places a new emphasis on the use of audio as an educational medium

  • Audio often seen as a poor relation to other forms of media e.g. video

  • Audio has a long track record in education

  • Creates a challenge to find innovative uses?

  • It’s easy to create


Definition screencasting
Definition: Screencasting

  • Is primarily visual

  • Material captured from a computer screen:

    PowerPoint presentation

    Software demonstration

  • Can include an audio commentary

  • Playback typically constrained to PC/Mac, delivered in Flash format

  • Lectures can also be captured using the Apreso system (currently in pilot stage)


Definition videocasting
Definition: Videocasting

  • Content is video based

  • Can only be played back on a PC/Mac (e.g. iTunes), or on higher end DMPs and some PDAs

  • Also known as Video Podcasting

  • Campus TV – new trial video streaming service


Activity in groups of 2 in what contexts could you use podcasts
Activity – In groups of 2 – In what contexts could you use podcasts?

  • Inform?

  • Challenge?

  • Stimulate?

  • How many voices?

  • Whose voices?


Podcasting in learning and teaching possible uses i
Podcasting in learning and teaching – possible uses (I) use podcasts?

  • Recording of lectures

  • Recording of special events e.g. outside speakers

  • Subject expert interviews

  • Assisting auditory learners, and/or providing for a variety of learning styles, Accessibility


Podcasting in learning and teaching possible uses ii
Podcasting in learning and teaching – possible uses (II) use podcasts?

  • Listening to language – comprehension and pronunciation

  • Specific “listening practice” for certain disciplines e.g. heart sounds in medicine, speech/phonetics

  • Lecturers providing feedback on assignments

  • Using material that already exists


Podcasting in learning and teaching possible uses iii
Podcasting in learning and teaching – possible uses (III) use podcasts?

  • Submitting producing assignments and assessed work in audio format

  • Students capturing audio data as part of inquiry based learning or fieldwork

  • Students engaging in reflective practice

  • Students engaging in a whole range of creative activities….


Podcasting in learning and teaching possible uses iii1
Podcasting in learning and teaching – possible uses (III) use podcasts?

  • Students capturing audio data as part of inquiry based learning

  • Students recording notes from field work

  • Students engaging in other forms of creative activities

  • Materials that already exist


Diy podcasting what you need
DIY Podcasting – what you need: use podcasts?

  • Something to say

  • PC/Mac connected to the Internet

  • A microphone and headphones/speakers

  • Some audio recording software e.g. freely available Audacity

  • A place and means to put material on the Internet

  • Willingness to learn a few new things….


Podcasting the process
Podcasting – the process: use podcasts?

  • Prepare some material to record

  • Record your podcast using e.g. Audacity

  • Edit recording to correct mistakes, add music etc

  • Export as MP3 file

  • Upload e.g. to ULCC server – currently on trial

  • Create link to your podcast


Podcasting conclusions
Podcasting - conclusions use podcasts?

  • Just a fad? – Big Players with big investment

  • Easy and cheap

  • Use in education yet to be evaluated

  • An opportunity to have fun…..