Podcasting for your classroom


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Podcasting for your classroom

  1. 1. Podcasting for Your Classroom 阮枝賢教授 Steve C. Yuen, Ph.D. Visiting ProfessorNational Kaohsiung Normal University Professor EmeritusThe University of Southern Mississippi yuen.nknu@gmail.com 「雲端時代教學新思維(三)」研習會 Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, June 1, 2012 SteveYuen.org
  2. 2. Content• What is Podcasting?• Podcasting in Education• Pros and Cons of Podcasts• Types of Podcasts• Podcasting Process• Course Podcasts• USM Podcasting Pilot Project• Podcasting Best Practices• Podcasting Issues SteveYuen.org
  3. 3. Podcasting EraOn December 8, 2005, the New Oxford American Dictionary crowned "podcasting" as the 2005 word of the year and defines the term as "a digitalrecording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made availableon the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player" SteveYuen.org
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  6. 6. What is Podcasting? Podcasting iPod + broadcastingThe distribution of audio or video files, such as radioprograms or music videos, over the Internet usingeither RSS or Atom syndication for listening on mobiledevices and personal computers. (Wikipedia) SteveYuen.org
  7. 7. What is Podcasting?• An audio or video file that is distributed over the Internet for listening on mobile media devices or personal computers.• Combine technologies to “push” content to your audience using RSS.• Portable but no iPod required!• Each separate podcast is typically referred to as an episode. Episodes are automatically downloaded and can be synchronized with a portable multimedia device (like an iPod).• Create content (audio or video) for an audience that wants to listen or watch when they want, where they want, and how they want.• Downloadable as “subscription” SteveYuen.org
  8. 8. Podcasting in Education• Self-paced distance learning• Recording lectures for syndication• Literary reviews• Digital audio books• Video demonstrations and presentations from students & teachers• Class news and updates• Home/school communication• Interviews with guest experts or oral history SteveYuen.org
  9. 9. Podcasting in Education (Cont.)• Distribution of supplemental information such as speeches or music• Student-produced podcasts• Re-mediation for slower learners• Tours/fieldwork• Staff development• Internships/residencies• Feedback/evaluation of student work• Language lessons SteveYuen.org
  10. 10. Why Podcasting in Education?• Enhance student engagement with content with audio/video.• Facilitate self-paced learning.• Deliver alternative course content to students.• Make content portable for multi- tasking.• Encourage critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills.• Offer a richer learning environment. SteveYuen.org
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  12. 12. iTunes Universitywww.apple.com/education/solutions/itunes_u/ SteveYuen.org
  13. 13. Pros and Cons of Podcasts• PROS: • CONS: – Appeal to Generation X – Copyright Issues and Generation Y – Potential for – Use Voice Inappropriate Use of Communication Technology – Activate Additional Learning Modes – Offer Time-Shift Information – Increase Learner Control SteveYuen.org
  14. 14. Types of Podcasts• Audio podcasts – An audio file – Small file size – Ideal for rapid delivery of lectures• Enhanced podcasts – A slide show with narration – Lecture notes can be synced with audio• Video podcasts (Vodcast) – Full audio and video – Not restrained by still image or slide format – Can reproduce in class experience – Require 2 MB per minutes of compressed video• Enhanced video podcasts – Contain a movie along with markers, artwork and URLs SteveYuen.org
  15. 15. Podcasting Process Create Distribute Access•Record episode •Publish episode to web server • Subscribe using•Edit episode •Reference episode in feed iTunes • Download episode • Playback episode Source: Ray Schroeder & Michele Gribbins, Syndicating Learning through Blogs and Pods SteveYuen.org
  16. 16. Podcasting Software• Audio Editor – Audacity – GarageBand• Video Editor – QuickTime Pro – Windows Movie Maker – Videora iPod Converter• Web-based Podcasting Service – Audioboo – BlogtalkRadio – Podomatic – Podcast Pickle – iTunes SteveYuen.org
  17. 17. Tools for listening to podcasts• Podcast Aggregators – iTunes • www.apple.com/itunes/download/ – Juice • juicereceiver.sourceforge.net• Players / Device Synchronization – iTunes – Windows Media Player – Your other favorite player SteveYuen.org
  18. 18. Juice SteveYuen.org
  19. 19. iTunes SteveYuen.org
  20. 20. Podcasting Hardware• Computer – Windows, Macintosh, or Linux system• Microphone – Built-in or external• Microphone Stand (optional)• Mixer (optional)• Digital recorder or portable MP3 Recorder (optional) SteveYuen.org
  21. 21. My Podcast Central SteveYuen.org
  22. 22. Course Podcasts Podcasts Vodcasts SteveYuen.org
  23. 23. Course Podcasts SteveYuen.org
  24. 24. Course Podcasts SteveYuen.org
  25. 25. USM Podcasting Pilot Project www.usm.edu/lec/podcasting/ SteveYuen.org
  26. 26. Goals for Podcasting Pilot Project• Involve USM’s faculty in podcasting• Deliver alternative course content to students• Enhance student engagement with content with audio/video• Provide an easy to use tool for recording field notes, interviews, and discussions• Increase students’ podcasting use on campus• Offer a richer learning environment• Test podcasting technology with pilot faculty before campus wide implementation SteveYuen.org
  27. 27. Pilot Faculty and Staff SteveYuen.org
  28. 28. Podcasting Pilot Project Activities• Support group meets each month• Info sharing and support via pilot project mailing list and blog• Receive training on cutting- edge podcasting technology• Conduct formative and summative assessment via instructors and students survey and interviews SteveYuen.org
  29. 29. Timeline• Launched pilot project in April 2007• Invited faculty to submit podcasting proposals and ideas in April 2007• Conducted online student survey in May 2007• Began faculty training and roundtable discussion sessions in June 2007 SteveYuen.org
  30. 30. Timeline (Cont.)• Awarded a 80GB iPods, a Mac Book, and a TuneTalk Recorder for each pilot faculty• Implemented podcasting in selected undergraduate/graduate courses beginning Fall 2007• Conducted the first phase of formative assessment in Fall 2008 SteveYuen.org
  31. 31. Pilot Study• Conducted online student survey in May 2007• Determined students’ interest, technology background, learning styles, study habits, attitudes toward the use of podcasting in teaching and learning• Given to students in face-to-face and online classes of all levels• 965 students responded to the online questionnaire SteveYuen.org
  32. 32. Pilot Study Results• Students strongly favored classes using podcasting for the ability to review materials repeatedly and whenever they wanted• Students preferred the following: • Taking classes that offer combination classes that used face-to-face classroom experience and podcasting • Taking a class offering podcasting, and indicated they would be more likely to use an iPod or MP3 if it were available SteveYuen.org
  33. 33. Conclusions from the Pilot Study• Students at USM are interested and would like to have podcasting implemented into their classes• The data should be used to design and develop instructional podcasts that will help instructors and students in the learning process, foster engagement and reflection, and to enhance overall user experience for students in their learning environment• The study provided data that supported faculty involvement in participation in a podcasting initiative to improve student’s learning opportunities through the use of innovative technologies SteveYuen.org
  34. 34. Podcasting Best Practices• Know your audience.• Focus on your content. Garbage in, Garbage Out…• Invest a good microphone for your podcast.• Have notes and an outline to keep on the topic.• Edit your podcast appropriately for content, quality, and length.• Keep your podcast short and file size small. Use a lower rate of bits per second (32 kpbs, 16 KHz, Mono) and still sound good to listener. SteveYuen.org
  35. 35. Podcasting Best Practices (Cont.) • A “talking head” is distracting. Don’t include video if your video does not enhance the content. • Deliver valuable, informative, engaging content to your students that they cannot get from any other sources. • Provide notes for students to review content of the episode before and while they listen to the podcast. SteveYuen.org
  36. 36. Podcasting Issues• Will students still come to your lectures?• Public access to audio files?• Copyright issue.• Difficult to search or scan podcast content.• Podcasts can lend themselves to passive and prescriptive teaching.• Issues concerning bandwidth.• Not interactive.• Limited usefulness for the hearing impaired. SteveYuen.org
  37. 37. The End Questions or Comments?This presentation can be viewed online at: http://wenzao-yuen.blogspot.com/ My Blog - http://stevetyuen.org My Tweets - http://twitter.yuen.us SteveYuen.org