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  • 1. Podcasting & Slidecasting for Dissemination in Teaching and Learning [email_address] Flickr - socalgal_64
  • 2. Overview
    • Definitions & Examples
    • Pedagogical and research value
    • A bit of Media Theory...
    • Technology involved: laptop or mic, Websites
    • Options for licensing and distribution
    • Steps involved
    • Tips and tricks
  • 3. Definitions and Examples
    • Podcasting: “distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer” (Wordnet)
    •   Slidecasting: “an audio podcast that is combined with a slideshow... presentation.”
    • commercial slide provides services for:
      • Uploading slides (& audio)
      • Combining (optional)
      • Accessing them
  • 4. Value for Teaching & Research
    • OF COURSE: record your lectures for your class
    • BUT: There are many other pedagogical uses:
      • Record presentation in one context and provide as supplementary info in another class or context
      • Record presentation in face-to-face class to possibly use online
      • Record your presentation at a conference to disseminate it more broadly via your CV, etc. (some conferences are now run this way)
  • 5. A bit of media history/theory
    • Podcasts (audio, video, synchronized .ppt) capture and recast the “lecture”
    • Lecture: action of reading, perusal: “That face, whose lecture shewes what perfect beautie is” (Sydney, 1586)
    • Words not separated scripta continua
    • St. Ambrose of Milan: some say he was the first to read silently
  • 6. Lectures as Reading Aloud
    • Was a way of reproducing texts before the printing press
    • A text by an ancient authority would be “read”
    • One of the first people to lecture by reading text of their own composition was Fichte, in the 1790’s
  • 7. Contradictory form of Lecture
    • “ Guide on the side” vs. “Sage on the stage”
    • “ Chalk and Talk;” “industrial model”
    • Randy Pausch Last Lecture; Walter Lewin, lectures on classical mechanics
    • New Media Studies Centre:
    • Lecture as oral genre; combines with text/multimedia with great flexibility
  • 8. Technology needed for Slideshare
    • Presentations : pdf, ppt, pps, pptx, ppsx, pot, potx (Powerpoint); odp (OpenOffice); key, zip (Apple Keynote). 
    • Documents : pdf, doc, docx, rtf, xls (MSOffice); odt, ods(OpenOffice); Apple iWork Pages
    • MP3: the only audio format
    • 100 Mb upload limit
  • 9. Technology: First Option
    • Stand-Alone Mic: Samson H2 - Handy Recorder
    • Records audio as .wav format
      • Needs to be converted to mp3
    • Audio can be transferred to your computer via a USB Cable or a SD card
    • Excellent quality; flexible re: position
  • 10. Technology: Second Option
    • Built in microphone in your laptop
    • Almost any laptop made in the last 4 years will have a mic built in
    • Need to check volume and settings
    • Varies in quality and sensitivity
    • Requires you to stay in front of your laptop
  • 11. Audio editing & converting
    • Free software (is good for recording on your laptop too)
    • Need to download a separate file for .mp3 conversion:
    • Will demonstrate this later
    • Can upload mp3 file in isolation for download
  • 12. Options for Licensing and Distribution
    • You retain the copyright to your presentation on Slideshare (& in other contexts by default)
    • You can license it for particular kinds of use using Creative Commons licensing for Canada:
      • Attribution always required
      • Non-commercial use only
      • Others can/cannot modify
      • Others have to continue to share it
    • Applies to all contents , incl. photos, etc.
  • 13. Steps involved (after your presentation)
    • Save Audio
    • Edit Audio
    • Upload Audio and Slides
    • Combine and synchronize audio and slides on; see demo at:
    • Share with your students, colleagues, friends! E.g.
  • 14. Tips and Tricks
    • Try different settings in converting audio to mp3 to “satisfice” file size and quality
    • Use a photo (with an appropriate CC license) from Flickr for your title slide
    • You can delete the “ums” and “aahs” from your audio file easily using Audacity
    • Re-load the audio-to-slide synch tool in Slideshare if controls not showing initially
  • 15. Collections
    • TED Talks:
    • Webcast.Berkeley:
    • iTunes U:
    • BookTV:
    • Conferences in your field; e.g.: