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  • 1. What is a podcast?• Digital audio file that’s created, shared, and heard• Automatically downloaded to your computer and synced  to your MP3 player
  • 2. PODCAST: Use In Today’s SocietyMaterials such as reports, manuscripts, and lectures can be recorded and delivered automaticallyIt can be played anywhere, anytime, many timesIn a fast paced society, it gives you the controlAn opportunity for new channelsof communication in higher ed
  • 3. RSS: Staying Up To DateRSS, or Really Simple Syndication, delivers regularly changing web contentThis program allows you to subscribe to the information wanted (FEED)Feeds are similar to web bookmarksThis saves time and effort
  • 4. RSS: SoftwareSoftware automatically updates your computerWhen you are connected, the information is put directly onto your deviceYou are ready to go…Examples include: FeedDemon Google Reader NewsGator NewzCrawler
  • 5. PODCAST: Educational ToolHarnessing the growing use of MP3 devices among college students, podcasts can be utilized for educationInformation is continually provided regarding academic interest areas, course information, and social networkingKnowledge can be easily distributed, stored, and shared between academic partiesThe leading provider is iTunes U
  • 6. PODCAST: Who Is Using iTunes ULaunched in 2007, iTunes U now holds more than 250,000 educational filesUsed by top Universities all over the world including Stanford, MIT, Yale, Duke, UC Berkley, Cambridge, and OxfordThese podcasts allow students to study at their own pace, whenever and wherever they want
  • 7. PODCASTING in Higher  EducationAccording to a study conducted by Lonn & Teasley (2009), audio/video podcasts provide students with the ability to learn “on‐demand”, and is based on their learning styles.Duke gave free iPods to the incoming freshman class of 2004.  Duke found that 75% of freshman surveyed  reported using the iPods in at least one course and was helpful in replaying lectures on their own time.Several studies (Evans, 2008; Brittain, Glowacki, Van Ittersum, & Johnson, 2006) suggest podcasting as an effective learning tool.
  • 8. PODCASTING in Higher  EducationIn the Lonn & Teasley (2009) study, results indicated that students use podcasts mainly for reviewing concepts and lecture materials from classes they’ve already attended (n=675; large midwestern university)Students reported listening to the podcasts more often at their desktops than on mobile audio/video devices.Instructors and students agreed that podcasts help students to learn, but students were less sure it improved teaching.
  • 9. PODCAST: Issues in Higher  EducationAffects class attendance for on‐campus classesCopyright and intellectual property issuesImpact on faculty
  • 10. Subscribing to a PODCAST 
  • 11. PODCAST and RSS: In BusinessInstructional information materials can be broadcast over a large company, decreasing the hassle of trainingSales, marketing, and advertising information can easily be sent out in a timely mannerKeeps employers up to date with the latest company news
  • 12. PODCAST and RSS in Health Ed
  • 13. PODCAST and RSS in Health Ed
  • 14. PODCAST and RSS in Health EdCDC guide to best practice: What is the purpose of the podcast? Know the audience Audience‐centered content organization To repurpose or not to repurpose? Less is more Production quality Regular and frequent release Cross marketing Be complete…but limited Transcripts to meet Section 508 Audience participation
  • 15. Selected ReferencesBrittain, S., Glowacki, P., Van Ittersum, J., & Johnson, L. (2006). Podcasting lectures. Educause Quarterly, 29(3), 24–31 Available: http://www.educause.edu/ir/ library/pdf/eqm0634.pdf.Evans, 2008 C. Evans and C. Evans, The effectiveness of m‐learning in the form of podcast revision lectures in higher education, Computers & Education 50 (2) (2008), pp. 491–498.Lonn, S. & Teasley, S. (2009). Podcasting in higher education: What are the implications for teaching and learning? The International and Higher Education, 12(2), p. 88‐92.