Introduction to Podcasting in Higher Education


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Introduction to Podcasting in Higher Education

  1. 1. Jeffrey Nugent Center for Teaching Excellence Virginia Commonwealth University Introduction to Podcasting in Education
  2. 2. iPods on Campus
  3. 3. What is a Podcast? <ul><li>A multimedia file (audio / video) distributed over the Internet using RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Commonly subscribed to and downloaded for playback on mobile MP3 players (iPod) </li></ul><ul><li>Considered a “push” technology in that the user chooses files to subscribe to through a RSS feed </li></ul>
  4. 4. Is this new technology? <ul><li>Downloadable and streaming audio are nearly as old as the web </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of publication, subscription (RSS) and use across multiple environments </li></ul><ul><li>Portability  “time shifting” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pew Internet & American Life Project ( April, 2005) <ul><li>22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players </li></ul><ul><li>More than 6 million American adults have listened to podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>29% of those have downloaded podcasts to listen to at their leisure </li></ul><ul><li>Of those who own iPods / MP3 players in the 18-28 year old range, over 50% have downloaded podcasts </li></ul>
  6. 6. Perceived Advantages of Podcasting <ul><li>Mobile and flexible learning </li></ul><ul><li>No longer anchored to a computer </li></ul><ul><li>Anytime-anywhere access to instructional content </li></ul><ul><li>Education more portable than ever before </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using Podcasts in Higher Education
  8. 8. Recording & Distributing Course Lectures via Podcast <ul><li>Distribution of audio recording is a decades old practice </li></ul><ul><li>Matches well defined practice to latest technology </li></ul><ul><li>Highly requested among students </li></ul><ul><li>Fairly easy to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription model is convenient </li></ul>
  9. 9. Research on Podcasting in Higher Education All reports address lecture podcasts. <ul><li>University of Michigan School of Dentistry </li></ul><ul><li>University of Washington podcasting pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard Extension School </li></ul>
  10. 10. Podcasting Reports: Key Findings <ul><li>Audio is most preferred format for lecture recordings </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture podcast seen as convenient tool for review </li></ul><ul><li>20% of students listen to 75% of podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Obtaining files via RSS increased likelihood of lecture download </li></ul>
  11. 11. Podcasting Reports: Key Findings <ul><li>Most students (75-80%) report listening to podcasts on a computer </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting in large enrollment courses improved student perceptions of the course </li></ul><ul><li>No studies to date indicate positive or negative impact on learning outcomes </li></ul>
  12. 12. Research on Auditory Instruction <ul><li>Research comparing auditory instruction technology to in-class instruction (lecture) has often found no significant difference in student learning </li></ul>Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (2004)
  13. 13. Emerging Instructional Practices <ul><li>Creation of supplementary course material </li></ul><ul><li>Using podcasts to restructure course </li></ul><ul><li>Language learning lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Student generated learning content </li></ul><ul><li>Develop technical skill of listening </li></ul>
  14. 14. Faculty Concerns <ul><li>Time, time, time… </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve for new practices / tools </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright issues </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of institutional archives for lecture-based courses </li></ul><ul><li>Disconnect b/t positive perceptions among students and study findings </li></ul>
  15. 15. Implications for Teaching & Learning <ul><li>Podcasting may be an efficient way to deliver instruction without compromising learning effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting may be an effective means for augmenting current class instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Possible learning advantage by blending the media content of daily life with university course material </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimate value may lie in potential to “educate further” </li></ul>
  16. 16. Podcasting @ VCU (The Blogcast Model) record audio (mp3) post mp3 file to your blog subscribe to podcast (iTunes) download and play
  17. 17. Podcasting @ VCU: What’s Next? <ul><li>iTunes University </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>