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  1. 1. Podcasting & Slidecasting for Dissemination in Teaching and Learning [email_address] Flickr - socalgal_64
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Definitions & Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogical and research value </li></ul><ul><li>A bit of Media Theory... </li></ul><ul><li>Technology involved: laptop or mic, Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Options for licensing and distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Steps involved </li></ul><ul><li>Tips and tricks </li></ul>
  3. 3. Definitions and Examples <ul><li>Podcasting: “distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer” (Wordnet) </li></ul><ul><li>  Slidecasting: “an audio podcast that is combined with a slideshow... presentation.” </li></ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net commercial slide provides services for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uploading slides (& audio) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combining (optional) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessing them </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Value for Teaching & Research <ul><li>OF COURSE: record your lectures for your class </li></ul><ul><li>BUT: There are many other pedagogical uses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Record presentation in one context and provide as supplementary info in another class or context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record presentation in face-to-face class to possibly use online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record your presentation at a conference to disseminate it more broadly via your CV, etc. (some conferences are now run this way) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. A bit of media history/theory <ul><li>Podcasts (audio, video, synchronized .ppt) capture and recast the “lecture” </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture: action of reading, perusal: “That face, whose lecture shewes what perfect beautie is” (Sydney, 1586) </li></ul><ul><li>Words not separated scripta continua </li></ul><ul><li>St. Ambrose of Milan: some say he was the first to read silently </li></ul>
  6. 6. Lectures as Reading Aloud <ul><li>Was a way of reproducing texts before the printing press </li></ul><ul><li>A text by an ancient authority would be “read” </li></ul><ul><li>One of the first people to lecture by reading text of their own composition was Fichte, in the 1790’s </li></ul>
  7. 7. Contradictory form of Lecture <ul><li>“ Guide on the side” vs. “Sage on the stage” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Chalk and Talk;” “industrial model” </li></ul><ul><li>Randy Pausch Last Lecture; Walter Lewin, lectures on classical mechanics </li></ul><ul><li>mediatrans.ca/test/Sean_B_Franzel.html </li></ul><ul><li>New Media Studies Centre: nms.tru.ca </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture as oral genre; combines with text/multimedia with great flexibility </li></ul>
  8. 8. Technology needed for Slideshare <ul><li>Presentations : pdf, ppt, pps, pptx, ppsx, pot, potx (Powerpoint); odp (OpenOffice); key, zip (Apple Keynote).  </li></ul><ul><li>Documents : pdf, doc, docx, rtf, xls (MSOffice); odt, ods(OpenOffice); Apple iWork Pages </li></ul><ul><li>MP3: the only audio format </li></ul><ul><li>100 Mb upload limit </li></ul>
  9. 9. Technology: First Option <ul><li>Stand-Alone Mic: Samson H2 - Handy Recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Records audio as .wav format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs to be converted to mp3 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Audio can be transferred to your computer via a USB Cable or a SD card </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent quality; flexible re: position </li></ul>
  10. 10. Technology: Second Option <ul><li>Built in microphone in your laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Almost any laptop made in the last 4 years will have a mic built in </li></ul><ul><li>Need to check volume and settings </li></ul><ul><li>Varies in quality and sensitivity </li></ul><ul><li>Requires you to stay in front of your laptop </li></ul>
  11. 11. Audio editing & converting <ul><li>Free software (is good for recording on your laptop too) </li></ul><ul><li>Need to download a separate file for .mp3 conversion: http://learningspaces.org/lame_enc.dll </li></ul><ul><li>Will demonstrate this later </li></ul><ul><li>Can upload mp3 file in isolation for download </li></ul>
  12. 12. Options for Licensing and Distribution <ul><li>You retain the copyright to your presentation on Slideshare (& in other contexts by default) </li></ul><ul><li>You can license it for particular kinds of use using Creative Commons licensing for Canada: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attribution always required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-commercial use only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others can/cannot modify </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others have to continue to share it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applies to all contents , incl. photos, etc. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Steps involved (after your presentation) <ul><li>Save Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Edit Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Upload Audio and Slides </li></ul><ul><li>Combine and synchronize audio and slides on slideshare.net; see demo at: http://www.slideshare.net/jboutelle/slidecasting-101 </li></ul><ul><li>Share with your students, colleagues, friends! E.g. http://learningspaces.org </li></ul>
  14. 14. Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Try different settings in converting audio to mp3 to “satisfice” file size and quality </li></ul><ul><li>Use a photo (with an appropriate CC license) from Flickr for your title slide </li></ul><ul><li>You can delete the “ums” and “aahs” from your audio file easily using Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Re-load the audio-to-slide synch tool in Slideshare if controls not showing initially </li></ul>
  15. 15. Collections <ul><li>TED Talks: http://www.ted.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Webcast.Berkeley: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/ </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes U: http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ </li></ul><ul><li>BookTV: http://www.booktv.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences in your field; e.g.: http://mediatrans.ca/test </li></ul>