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The Use and Impact of Podcasting in Higher Education


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This presentation was presented at the 2009 Creating Futures Through Technology Conference. The presentation covers the implementation and ongoing evaluation of podcasting at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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The Use and Impact of Podcasting in Higher Education

  1. 1. The Use and Impact of Podcasting in Higher Education Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong, Ph.D. Amy Thornton, M.S.
  2. 2. Today in Education <ul><li>A Vision of Students Today </li></ul>
  3. 3. How did we get started? <ul><li>Pilot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting Pilot Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposal accepted spring 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Began summer 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incentives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Round Table </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Podcasting Server </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What did we learn? <ul><li>Intimidation factor </li></ul><ul><li>Start from the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>Public vs. private </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve </li></ul>
  5. 5. What should we cover in training? <ul><li>Terminology (e.g., podcast, RSS, aggregator) </li></ul><ul><li>Types </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribing (iTunes) </li></ul><ul><li>Finding podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Procedure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publishing </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What should we cover in training? <ul><li>Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Uses in Teaching and Learning </li></ul>
  7. 7. Students’ Comments
  8. 9. Questionnaire <ul><li>What help you the most in this class? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Podcasts & reviews” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The PowerPoint and Podcast helped me the most.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are the strongest features of the way this course is structured? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The podcasts helped me a lot.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The strongest was the use of PowerPoint. Everything was helpful, especially the podcast and study group.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Lecture note, use of technology (i.e. Podcasting)” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Questionnaire <ul><li>What is useful to you from this class? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ love podcasts & review exam & study groups” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The podcasts are very helpful as a review, and the group study sessions are an excellent way to focus on and learn the material.” </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Questionnaire <ul><li>What is useless to you from this class? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The podcasts never worked, but I enjoyed Google Docs.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Useless – podcast, just because I can’t figure out how to use it.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less use of online stuff such as Google docs & podcasts would have been better.” </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Student’s Comments <ul><li>“ I think you should do the Podcast next semester but make a step by step guide to accessing it, so students won’t be lost. There couldn’t have been a better professor for textiles. Thank you for showing interest in helping us learn the material.” </li></ul>
  12. 13. Case Study <ul><li>Podcasting Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Questionnaire </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. How do I get started? <ul><li>What do I need? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excitement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Record </li></ul><ul><li>Publish </li></ul>
  14. 15. Best Practice Tips <ul><li>Don’t assume your students will already know how to use it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide cheat sheets and instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get student feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the episodes short (20 to 30 minutes) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Break large amounts of information into chunks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid “talking heads” </li></ul><ul><li>Provide transcripts or captions </li></ul><ul><li>Provide learning objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Start slow </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t stress over small mistakes </li></ul>
  15. 16. Educational Uses <ul><li>Class lectures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class is reserved for interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only have to do lecture once and make it available for all sections of class </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After class review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows for flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recruitment tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>prospective students get to see a sample of a class (Harvard is doing this)…what are the teacher’s like…parents get to see what their students will get </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Distribution of campus or organizational news </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution of student created content/research to classmates </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution of museum content or teasers. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Educational Uses <ul><li>Distance learning and distance instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Video tape a surgery or health professional performing a procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Show episodes as a patient progresses from a illness </li></ul><ul><li>Videotape an archeological dig </li></ul><ul><li>Videotape a lab experiment…episodes of progress </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate up-to-date information about the course </li></ul><ul><li>Provide verbal notes on the latest posted content </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews of industry professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Add audio to PowerPoint or course notes </li></ul>
  17. 18. Contact Information <ul><li>Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>601-266-5041 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Amy Thornton </li></ul><ul><ul><li>601-266-6197 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>