ALT Podcasting workshop, 14 April 2010


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ALT Podcasting workshop, 14 April 2010

  1. 1. ALT Podcast Workshop <br />Graham McElearney<br />University of Sheffield<br />and<br />Andrew Middleton<br />Sheffield Hallam University<br />Recordings from the workshop participants are available at:<br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  2. 2. Morning<br />10:00 Introductions<br />10:15 The 5 minute podcast - a demo and analysis<br />10:45 Overview of Educational Podcasting <br />11:00 Coffee<br />11:15 Educational Podcasting - "The Whirlwind Tour"<br />12:00 Back to Base! Getting Real: benefits and barriers<br />12:15 Creative Approaches to Designing Educational Podcasts<br />13:00 Lunch – 45 minutes<br />13:45 Reflecting on the design tools<br />14:00 Making Educational Podcasts<br />15:00 Coffee available but podcast production continues<br />15.30 - Showtime and Reflections<br />16:00 Workshop ends<br />Morning: Owen 221, Hands-on: PC Lab 330<br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  3. 3. "A focus on the use of audio as a medium for teaching and learning looking at its flexibility, accessibility to staff and student producers, and the opportunity it affords academic innovation."<br />By the end of the session participants will have:<br /><ul><li>an understanding of podcasting from a technical and pedagogic perspective
  4. 4. developed approaches to designing, producing and distributing podcasts and other forms of digital media
  5. 5. awareness of the diverse designed applications for educational podcasting and the less planned opportunities afforded by digital media in enhancing learner engagement.</li></ul>by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  6. 6. The 5 minute<br />podcast<br />- a demo and analysis<br />A demo podcast was constructed involving those present.<br />This can be found at:<br />The key message was:<br />Often you can look at the resource around you and use simple techniques to produce something meaningful to the learning community.<br />An audio summary can be found at:<br /><br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  7. 7. Overview of Educational Podcasting<br />Andrew Middleton<br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  8. 8. What is educational podcasting?<br /> Write your own definition now...<br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  9. 9. Brainstorm<br /> 2 minute discussion with the person sitting next to you <br />"What qualities suggest that podcasting would be useful to education?"<br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  10. 10. What did you say?<br /> Your ideas…<br />An audio summary on definitions and characteristics can be found at:<br />An audio summary about taking a creative view of podcasting can be found at:<br /><br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  11. 11. Characteristics<br />Distributed media – usually audio, but increasingly video, PDFs <br />Accessible -  Internet distributed, downloadable media (especially digital audio)  <br />Automatically delivered - Simple syndication technology (RSS + media enclosures) that allows interested parties to subscribe to published content ('feeds') from a particular supplier <br />Managed by the user - aggregation software designed to gather feeds<br />Device neutral - media players, both software and hardware (eg iTunes, Windows Media Player, Winamp on the PC and MP3 players like iRivers, iPods, Creative Zens, etc)<br />Personal - making strong connections across and beyond the learning environment;<br />Social – embedded voices, ideas, questions and knowledge shared;<br />Flexible (time and location neutral) – hence 'time shifting', 'space shifting', mobile, flexible learning.<br />Optional characteristics<br />Automatically delivered - Simple syndication technology (RSS + media enclosures) that allows interested parties to subscribe to published content ('feeds') from a particular supplier;<br />User controlled - aggregation software designed to gather feeds; made and gathered at the user's discretion.<br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  12. 12. Definitions<br /> Review your own definition now...<br />Strict, technical definition:<br />“the serial distribution via RSS feeds of locally created, downloadable, digital media episodes, usually audio, to a niche audience of subscribers”<br />An open definition for education“asynchronous digital voices”<br />It doesn’t matter too much:<br />What can you do with digital audio?<br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  13. 13. Do I need a podcast feed?<br /> Those attending wanted to know about podcast feeds. Does a podcast have to be delivered using a feed or can it be delivered like other digital documents?<br />An impromptu presentation was given in response to this question (see the next slide). This is also now available as a slidecast on<br />by Colleen AF Venable (2009)<br />
  14. 14. Podcast Production and Delivery<br />RSS<br />Subscription method<br />for automated user update<br />Aggregate<br />User brings subscriptions<br />together. Can synchronise<br />to portable device.<br />Download<br />Upload<br />Plan<br /><ul><li>Pedagogy
  15. 15. Equipment
  16. 16. Environment
  17. 17. Schedule
  18. 18. People</li></ul>OR<br />Edit<br /><ul><li>remove errors</li></ul>- compile withother recordingseg music<br />Distribute<br />Make availableon a server<br />through website ,<br />VLE, CMS<br />Record<br /><ul><li>Directly to PC
  19. 19. Using MP3 recorder
  20. 20. Voice Memo software</li></ul>Direct access User manually checks<br />for content by browsing <br />e.g.. VLE<br />Listen on portable device<br />Don’t Edit<br />No post production<br />needed<br />OR<br />Listen at the PC<br />PRODUCE<br />PUBLISH<br />PLAN<br />RECEIVE<br />