Educational Podcasting - a learner-centred, collaborative opportunity


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This presentation comes from the elearning 2.0 conference at Brunel, UK, 6-7 July 2009.
It argues for a reconsideration of what educational podcasting can be referring to McLuhan, and Johanssen in proposing that audio provides a good fit for a Web 2.0, authentic and active medium for 21st centiry learning

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Educational Podcasting - a learner-centred, collaborative opportunity

  1. 1. Educational Podcastinga learner-centred, collaborative opportunity<br />Andrew Middleton<br />Senior Lecturer in Creative Development<br />Please be aware you will be taking part in various recordings during this session<br />
  2. 2. My context<br />Academic innovation with digital audio<br />Educational developer <br />Teacher of disruptive technology in Journalism<br />Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes SIG<br />Creative Voices book – communal exploration<br />Infrastructure (human and technical systems) for digital media<br />Organising ‘A Word In Your Ear’ conference on audio feedback<br />
  3. 3. Drop the e?<br />Response to John Connell, Yes<br />Because 2.0 is about a creative process of transforming learning, not creating an adjunct to it.<br />Actively involving people in redefining learning is an opportunity for a social construction of what 21st century learning can be.<br />
  4. 4. It’s difficult though...<br />When faced with a totally new situation, we tend to always attach ourselves to the objects, to the flavor of the most recent past. We look at the present through the rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.<br />McLuhan and Fiore, 1967<br />
  5. 5. My challenge therefore<br />What can we usefully do now that we couldn’t do before?<br />Working together, creatively inventing theblended, extended learning environment<br />Imagining what’s round the next corner(cover the rear-view mirror!)<br />
  6. 6. Starting point<br />Effective technology-enhanced applications are usually active, constructive, intentional, authentic and collaborative (Jonassenet al. 2003)<br />Learner-centred, autonomousi.e. Meaningful<br />...and fun!<br />How can a medium historically associated with information transmission transform pedagogy to facilitate engaging ‘noisy thinking’ for the C21st curriculum?<br />
  7. 7. Audio (and a-learning) in the 2.0 ethos<br />*O&apos;Reilly, T. (2005). What Is Web 2.0? - design patterns and business models for the next generation of software.Available online at: accessed 26/03/07<br />
  8. 8. Gets better<br />with use<br />Hackability<br />Rich user<br />experience<br />Creativeadaptableflexible<br />Perpetual beta<br />Gets better<br />with use<br />- asynchronous<br />Trust<br />your users<br />Rich user<br />experience<br />Not precious<br />Trust<br />your users – they&apos;re central<br />The Long Tail<br />Niche audience<br />a-learning2.0<br />Granular<br />collections<br />Remix<br />Granular<br />Remix<br />Play<br />Varied<br />perspectives<br />as data<br />Play<br />Immediate, <br />emergent not<br />predetermined<br />Small pieces<br />loosely<br />joined<br />Voices<br /> not<br />technology<br />Data as the<br />Intel Inside<br />Web 2.0<br />Small pieces<br />loosely<br />joined<br />Emergent not<br />predetermined<br />Attitude<br /> not<br />technology<br />
  9. 9. Therefore audio appears to fit well with the notion of <br />active, constructive, intentional, authentic and collaborative<br />andautonomous, learner-centredpedagogy<br />
  10. 10. Drop the ‘a’ now?!<br />Yes, of course!<br />
  11. 11. What’s new?<br />Record<br />highly accessible technology<br />
  12. 12. The Mic is Mightier than the Pen<br />Journalism module (e.g.)Large cohort - 230<br />Tutor team conversational summary (could involve learners just as easily);<br />Student seminar discussion captured and shared from pollination across seminar groups;<br />Expert voices – the real world comes in;<br />Audio and screencast feedback: timely and meaningful;<br />Assignment briefs and cognitive challenges;<br />etc<br />
  13. 13. Audio Active<br />5 minute audio breakout – touch the technology<br />See handout for instructions<br />Audio links will be posted to Ning<br />Media Chairs – a circular structured discussion of 10 people<br />Group summary of a-learning – briefly discuss, then record a 2 min summary for people not here<br />Interview the experts – find someone who has presented<br />(Roving reporter)<br />
  14. 14. Discussion: active, authentic, audio<br />Roving reporterQs for me or my Qs for you:<br />Do lectures fit into the active, authentic, audio a-learning 2.0 ethos?<br />What voices would you bring into your learning environment and why?<br />Design principles for user-generated audio content?<br />What needs to be in place (strategic, human and technical infrastructure)?<br />