Podcast Workshop Staff Development Sept09


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Slides for podcasting workshop at Leeds Met, 08 Sept 09.


Podcasts In Higher Education – Learning On The Move?
Podcasts can be of particular interest in order to promote flexibility in teaching and learning. In our presentation, accompanied by a hands-on workshop, we will share our experience of creating and evaluating the use of podcasts based on projects conducted through CETL ALiC (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Active Learning in Computing) and the TEL Team.

In this workshop you will be introduced to podcasts and their practical application in a learning and teaching environment. You will use Audacity software to create your own podcast and then upload it to the podcast server. This will give you the option to make your podcast available for downloading via RSS feed (e.g. iTunes) to your intended audience.

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  • A range of topics Different length of podcasts
  • free software ( http://camstudio.org/ Jing) [we used a 30 day free trial version – otherwise would have to pay]
  • Podcast Workshop Staff Development Sept09

    1. 1. Podcasts In Higher Education – Learning On The Move ? <ul><li>Andrea Gorra , Meg Soosay, Jakki Sheridan-Ross, Gill Harrison, Janet Finlay </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Active Learning in Computing & TEL Team </li></ul><ul><li>Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom </li></ul>
    2. 2. DELEGATE’S PODCASTING EXPERIENCE <ul><li>Have you ever </li></ul><ul><li>Downloaded any audio/video podcasts to a mobile player (e.g iPod, phone) via rss/iTunes ? </li></ul><ul><li>V iewed any podcasts via a web browser? </li></ul><ul><li>Produced audio and / or video podcasts for assessment, teaching and learning? </li></ul><ul><li>A re you planning to produce podcasts? </li></ul>Dr Andrea Gorra, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
    3. 3. Why Podcasting? <ul><li>-> Podcasts offer flexibility, any time, any place </li></ul><ul><li>-> Relatively low-cost to produce + reusable </li></ul><ul><li>PODCASTING ≠ VIDEO STREAMING </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting = the production, distribution and automatic download of audio/video data from a publisher to a subscriber over the internet </li></ul><ul><li>RSS 2.0 feed ( R eally S imple S yndication) </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of formats (video, mp3, slides) </li></ul>Dr Andrea Gorra, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK Available via VLE and podcast server Watchable on PC/laptop and also iPod
    4. 4. Podcasts to support Excel skills development <ul><li>P odcasts used for 3 modules in INN/Business School [780 total student] </li></ul>Gorra, A., Trevorrow, P. (2009) Investigating the use of podcasts to support basic and intermediary skills development, in Excel, at undergraduate and foundation levels . Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the Subject of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury, Higher Education Academy, 25 th to 27 th of August 2009. Excel podcast episode Length of podcast (minutes) Getting started 01:36 Updating Formula Results 01:24 Dates Times 01:58 COUNT IF Function 01:51 VLOOKUP 05:28 IF Function 02:41 Creating Charts 03:19 SUM IF 01:59 AutoFill Insert Col 01:08
    5. 5. Podcasts to support teaching <ul><li>HCI Podcast: Paper prototyping </li></ul>www.hcipodcasts.org AVI .mov -> Sounds Good : Quicker, better assessment using audio feedback: http://sites.google.com/site/soundsgooduk/
    6. 6. Podcasting in the Business School 2008/09 <ul><li>Podcasts to support students using business simulation software </li></ul><ul><li>Audio recorded role play (by lecturer) with still images </li></ul><ul><li>Available via x-stream and podcast server </li></ul><ul><li>Used for 3 cohorts of approx 700 students </li></ul>Gorra, A., Finlay, J. (2009) Podcasting to Support Students using a Business Simulation In: Proceedings of the 4 th International Conference on e-Learning, Toronto, Canada, 16-17 July 2009.
    7. 7. Lessons learned <ul><li>Podcasts seemed to be a popular learning resource (novelty factor?) </li></ul><ul><li>Used for exam revision </li></ul><ul><li>Very few students used iPods to access podcasts (podcasting ≠ mobile learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciated by non-native English speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Future Research </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat of study for 2009/10 with same modules </li></ul><ul><li>Use of podcasts by international students </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate student preferences of podcast access (web browser vs. mobile device) </li></ul>Dr Andrea Gorra, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
    8. 8. PROCESS OF PODCASTING <ul><li>Creation of podcast: Audio (mp3) or video (.mp4, .mov, .m4v) recording </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[audio/video capturing & editing software needed] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Distribution of podcast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>upload to server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed location (i.e. URL ) to audience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Download by subscribers (e.g. via Apple iTunes or iGoogle) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Plan for this workshop <ul><li>Record Audio (speech) </li></ul><ul><li>Edit audio file, add music, save as .mp3 </li></ul><ul><li>Upload to podcast server </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to podcast via rss feeds in iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>-> Link to .mp3 file & tips: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/inn/alic/podcasting.htm </li></ul>
    10. 10. Recording Audio http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ <ul><li>Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Task: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Record a short piece of audio, s ave your audio file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download .mp3 music file from http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/inn/alic/podcasting.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add both files together, some of the editing functionalities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload file to podcast server [see next slide] </li></ul></ul>AVI
    11. 11. Uploading your file to the podcast server <ul><li>http://leo1.inn.leedsmet.ac.uk/groups/podcastworkshop/blog/ </li></ul><ul><li>- Enter your login: </li></ul><ul><li>userid: | password: [ Note: I’ve taken the login off, AG 08/09/09] </li></ul><ul><li>- To add your mp3 file click ‘+’ </li></ul><ul><li>Enter Title of podcast and tick the box ‘Add podcast media to this entry’: </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to podcast: </li></ul>
    12. 12. A few tips and techniques .. <ul><li>Keep it short and simple </li></ul><ul><li>Produce podcasts in a variety of formats suitable for playback on a variety of devices (e.g. mp3, .mp4, .mov, .m4v) </li></ul><ul><li>Make use of resources around you </li></ul><ul><li>Some podcasts are quickly out-of-date, others have long-term validity as reusable learning objects – put the effort into production when it is really needed  </li></ul>
    13. 13. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? Dr. Andrea Gorra Leeds Metropolitan University, UK A.Gorra AT leedsmet.ac.uk Some references <ul><li>G. Salmon P. Edirisingha (Eds.) (2008) Podcasting for Learning in Universities , London: Open University Press and SRHE. </li></ul><ul><li>CETL ALiC http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/inn/alic/podcasting.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Slides at: http://www.slideshare.net/andreagorra </li></ul>