Introduction to Podcasting in Higher Education
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  • 1. Jeffrey Nugent Center for Teaching Excellence Virginia Commonwealth University Introduction to Podcasting in Education
  • 2. iPods on Campus
  • 3. What is a Podcast?
    • A multimedia file (audio / video) distributed over the Internet using RSS feeds
    • Commonly subscribed to and downloaded for playback on mobile MP3 players (iPod)
    • Considered a “push” technology in that the user chooses files to subscribe to through a RSS feed
  • 4. Is this new technology?
    • Downloadable and streaming audio are nearly as old as the web
    • Ease of publication, subscription (RSS) and use across multiple environments
    • Portability  “time shifting”
  • 5. Pew Internet & American Life Project ( http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_podcasting.pdf April, 2005)
    • 22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players
    • More than 6 million American adults have listened to podcasts
    • 29% of those have downloaded podcasts to listen to at their leisure
    • Of those who own iPods / MP3 players in the 18-28 year old range, over 50% have downloaded podcasts
  • 6. Perceived Advantages of Podcasting
    • Mobile and flexible learning
    • No longer anchored to a computer
    • Anytime-anywhere access to instructional content
    • Education more portable than ever before
  • 7. Using Podcasts in Higher Education
  • 8. Recording & Distributing Course Lectures via Podcast
    • Distribution of audio recording is a decades old practice
    • Matches well defined practice to latest technology
    • Highly requested among students
    • Fairly easy to implement
    • Subscription model is convenient
  • 9. Research on Podcasting in Higher Education All reports address lecture podcasts.
    • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
    • University of Washington podcasting pilot
    • Harvard Extension School
  • 10. Podcasting Reports: Key Findings
    • Audio is most preferred format for lecture recordings
    • Lecture podcast seen as convenient tool for review
    • 20% of students listen to 75% of podcasts
    • Obtaining files via RSS increased likelihood of lecture download
  • 11. Podcasting Reports: Key Findings
    • Most students (75-80%) report listening to podcasts on a computer
    • Podcasting in large enrollment courses improved student perceptions of the course
    • No studies to date indicate positive or negative impact on learning outcomes
  • 12. Research on Auditory Instruction
    • Research comparing auditory instruction technology to in-class instruction (lecture) has often found no significant difference in student learning
    Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (2004)
  • 13. Emerging Instructional Practices
    • Creation of supplementary course material
    • Using podcasts to restructure course
    • Language learning lessons
    • Student generated learning content
    • Develop technical skill of listening
  • 14. Faculty Concerns
    • Time, time, time…
    • Learning curve for new practices / tools
    • Copyright issues
    • Impact on attendance
    • Availability of institutional archives for lecture-based courses
    • Disconnect b/t positive perceptions among students and study findings
  • 15. Implications for Teaching & Learning
    • Podcasting may be an efficient way to deliver instruction without compromising learning effectiveness
    • Podcasting may be an effective means for augmenting current class instruction
    • Possible learning advantage by blending the media content of daily life with university course material
    • Ultimate value may lie in potential to “educate further”
  • 16. Podcasting @ VCU (The Blogcast Model) record audio (mp3) post mp3 file to your blog subscribe to podcast (iTunes) download and play
  • 17. Podcasting @ VCU: What’s Next?
    • iTunes University
    • http://itunes.vcu.edu