“Do something. If it works, do it again. If it doesn’t, do something else.” FDR
What is a Podcast A digital audio file, like a song or MP3 file on your computer, which people can download from the Internet and play on a portable audio device Developed from Apple's music player (portable audio device) called the iPod
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Allows Internet users to subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds; these are typically sites that change or add content frequently Feeds are free (most)--unlike subscriptions to many printed newspapers and magazines
Podcasting Cater to any niche Power of Choice Most are free
Implications for Learning Flexibility in class schedule; no more missed classes. Increased interaction with the instructor instead of focused note taking. Supplement to traditional class notes (another channel for material review ). Audio resources for visually impaired students (assist auditory learners). Portability enables multitasking such as listening to lectures again while exercising. http://www.oln.org/ILT/podcasting.php 1/01/07
What to Podcast Introduce yourself at the beginning of the semester. Create weekly announcements in course management system. Switch between written and audio announcements. Create brief instructions (3-7 minutes) for assignments. Provide feedback on assignments to entire class or individual students. Present lecture material in the discussion board or under Lectures (15-20 minutes, or modules). Require students to listen to podcasts and report to the class.
Examples of Podcasts Recruitment Interview (for example, at a conference) Freebies: Grammar Girls Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing Recording of a campus seminar Student presentations Guest lecturer, debate
My Tips Planning/scripting (or outlining) is important (3-15 minutes) Use instructor manuals. Be generic, i.e. don’t provide dates, tell students to refer to syllabus, etc. Edit? Provide text for special need students Provide background music. Produce episodes on a consistent basis. Find and download podcasts. Student podcast assignment.
The Real ROI for Podcasting More companies are using podcasts to market their services and provide internal employee communication. GM supplemented its marketing for the launch of its 2006 Corvette Z06 with a podcast. http://http://www.clickcom.com/podcasting http://www.usatoday.com/life/columnist/criticscorner/column.htm http://milwaukee.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/stories/2007/05/21/focus2.html