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A report on my 'SkillSoup' podcasting project at the Australian National University. It demonstrates the power of podcasting in connecting students and staff alike.

A report on my 'SkillSoup' podcasting project at the Australian National University. It demonstrates the power of podcasting in connecting students and staff alike.

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  • 1. Megan Poore Academic Skills and Learning Centre Australian National University [email_address] academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/skillsoup.php learningfutures.anu.edu.au
  • 2.
    • Coverage
    • Web 2.0 and the ‘Digital Natives’
    • What is podcasting?
    • SkillSoup: our aims
    • SkillSoup: what’s in it?
    • Highlights
  • 3.
    • Web 2.0
    • Social networking
    • Wikis
    • MySpace, Facebook
    • Blogs
    • Podcasting
    • It’s all about participation and communication
  • 4.
    • ‘ Digital Natives’ (Prensky)
    • Parallel process and multi-task
    • Have ‘hypertext minds’
    • Have always had Web 2.0 at home
    • Have little patience for step-by-step logic (or reasoning?)
  • 5.
    • ‘ Digital Natives’ (Prensky)
    • Some evidence that their brain structures are different …
    • I’m a bit sceptical …
  • 6.
    • ‘ Digital Immigrants’ Prensky)
    • Speak with an ‘accent’ – or a different language entirely!
    • Misunderstand the new ways in which Digital Natives learn
    • Our education system was not designed to teach them
  • 7.
    • Digital Natives on campus
    • They’ll be here in 5 years (or less!)
    • Are we ready?
  • 8.
    • What is this ‘soup’?
    • Academic skills’ core business is teaching students to be better learners
    • SkillSoup is about learning how to learn
  • 9.
    • What is this ‘soup’?
    • Interviews with ANU staff and students
    • All levels: undergrad, Hons, grad
    • Across cognate areas (Arts, Law, Science, Engineering, Economics …)
  • 10.
    • SkillSoup’s aims
    • Access : to ASLC, ANU resources and staff
    • Relevance : to Digital Natives
    • Extension : range and type of resources and services
    • Community : collective purpose at ANU, overcoming isolation
    • LEARNING HOW TO LEARN
  • 11.
    • SkillSoup: in the bowl ...
    • SkillSoup Radio
      • Feature interview
      • TipMeister skills tip
      • Report from the Head
      • Vox pops
      • Music segues
      • ‘ Meg and Daz’
  • 12.
    • SkillSoup: in the bowl ...
    • Extended interviews
      • ANU staff and students
    • Skills tips
      • ASLC staff
  • 13.
    • Highlights
    • The ‘human factor’
      • “ You have put the human element back into the digital age, where electronic delivery of teaching was removing human interaction”
      • - David Ellis, Earth Sciences, ANU
  • 14.
    • Highlights
    • Hooking into people’s experience and knowledge
    • You can’t get this stuff in a handout
    • New things in new ways?
  • 15.
    • Highlights
    • SkillSoup gives a different type of coverage
    • The ‘hows’ and ‘whys,’ not just the ‘whats’
  • 16.
    • Highlights
    • Lecturers become more aware of their own assumptions
      • “ I found myself almost targeting these people and trying to convince them that [uni] is not too scary”
      • - Kristen Pammer, Psych, ANU
  • 17.
    • Highlights
    • We act as myth busters
    • Less intimidating than approaching a lecturer
    • Sense of community
  • 18.
    • Highlights
    • Learning how to learn for the Digital Natives, especially in terms of:
      • Validation, evaluation, analysis, critique, synthesis, interpretation, reasoning, comparison, assessment
  • 19.
    • Highlights
    • International recognition!
    • Best Overall Educational Podcast (Higher ed category)
    • Fordham University, Podcast for Teachers
    • Yay!
  • 20.
    • Benefits for ...
    • Vision-impaired, self-paced learners
    • Part-time students, students not coming on campus
    • Potential overseas students, school students, parents, family
    • ‘ Outliers’ who would not otherwise use the ASLC
  • 21.
    • Who’s listening?
    • Statcounters on all downloads
    • It is the most-visited area of the ASLC website (barring referencing)
  • 22.
    • Who’s listening?
    • 37% of Australian listeners come from outside the ANU.
    • 19% come from overseas: Lithuania, USA, Uganda, Chile, Spain, Yemen, Thailand, Japan, UK, Korea, India, France, China …
    • iTunes, EPN Web, PodShow, Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle, Podcasting News, Pod-Planet, SuperUser, Wordpress, E-Blogger
  • 23.
    • The next big access issue ...
    • Being able to speak to the Digital Natives in their own language, regardless of accent.
  • 24. Learning Futures http://learningfutures.anu.edu.au/ SkillSoup radio http://academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/skillsoup_radio.php SkillSoup feature interviews http://academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/interviews/ interview_downloads.php SkillSoup skills tips http://academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/tips/ tips_downloads.php
  • 25. LICENCE