Powering on with podcasting


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A report on my 'SkillSoup' podcasting project at the Australian National University. It demonstrates the power of podcasting in connecting students and staff alike.

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Powering on with podcasting

  1. 1. Megan Poore Academic Skills and Learning Centre Australian National University [email_address] academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/skillsoup.php learningfutures.anu.edu.au
  2. 2. <ul><li>Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 and the ‘Digital Natives’ </li></ul><ul><li>What is podcasting? </li></ul><ul><li>SkillSoup: our aims </li></ul><ul><li>SkillSoup: what’s in it? </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace, Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>It’s all about participation and communication </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>‘ Digital Natives’ (Prensky) </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel process and multi-task </li></ul><ul><li>Have ‘hypertext minds’ </li></ul><ul><li>Have always had Web 2.0 at home </li></ul><ul><li>Have little patience for step-by-step logic (or reasoning?) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>‘ Digital Natives’ (Prensky) </li></ul><ul><li>Some evidence that their brain structures are different … </li></ul><ul><li>I’m a bit sceptical … </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>‘ Digital Immigrants’ Prensky) </li></ul><ul><li>Speak with an ‘accent’ – or a different language entirely! </li></ul><ul><li>Misunderstand the new ways in which Digital Natives learn </li></ul><ul><li>Our education system was not designed to teach them </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Digital Natives on campus </li></ul><ul><li>They’ll be here in 5 years (or less!) </li></ul><ul><li>Are we ready? </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>What is this ‘soup’? </li></ul><ul><li>Academic skills’ core business is teaching students to be better learners </li></ul><ul><li>SkillSoup is about learning how to learn </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>What is this ‘soup’? </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews with ANU staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>All levels: undergrad, Hons, grad </li></ul><ul><li>Across cognate areas (Arts, Law, Science, Engineering, Economics …) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>SkillSoup’s aims </li></ul><ul><li>Access : to ASLC, ANU resources and staff </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance : to Digital Natives </li></ul><ul><li>Extension : range and type of resources and services </li></ul><ul><li>Community : collective purpose at ANU, overcoming isolation </li></ul><ul><li>LEARNING HOW TO LEARN </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>SkillSoup: in the bowl ... </li></ul><ul><li>SkillSoup Radio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feature interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TipMeister skills tip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report from the Head </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vox pops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music segues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Meg and Daz’ </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>SkillSoup: in the bowl ... </li></ul><ul><li>Extended interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ANU staff and students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASLC staff </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘human factor’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ You have put the human element back into the digital age, where electronic delivery of teaching was removing human interaction” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- David Ellis, Earth Sciences, ANU </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>Hooking into people’s experience and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t get this stuff in a handout </li></ul><ul><li>New things in new ways? </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>SkillSoup gives a different type of coverage </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘hows’ and ‘whys,’ not just the ‘whats’ </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturers become more aware of their own assumptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I found myself almost targeting these people and trying to convince them that [uni] is not too scary” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Kristen Pammer, Psych, ANU </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>We act as myth busters </li></ul><ul><li>Less intimidating than approaching a lecturer </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of community </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how to learn for the Digital Natives, especially in terms of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Validation, evaluation, analysis, critique, synthesis, interpretation, reasoning, comparison, assessment </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>International recognition! </li></ul><ul><li>Best Overall Educational Podcast (Higher ed category) </li></ul><ul><li>Fordham University, Podcast for Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Yay! </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Benefits for ... </li></ul><ul><li>Vision-impaired, self-paced learners </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time students, students not coming on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Potential overseas students, school students, parents, family </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Outliers’ who would not otherwise use the ASLC </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Who’s listening? </li></ul><ul><li>Statcounters on all downloads </li></ul><ul><li>It is the most-visited area of the ASLC website (barring referencing) </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Who’s listening? </li></ul><ul><li>37% of Australian listeners come from outside the ANU. </li></ul><ul><li>19% come from overseas: Lithuania, USA, Uganda, Chile, Spain, Yemen, Thailand, Japan, UK, Korea, India, France, China … </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes, EPN Web, PodShow, Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle, Podcasting News, Pod-Planet, SuperUser, Wordpress, E-Blogger </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>The next big access issue ... </li></ul><ul><li>Being able to speak to the Digital Natives in their own language, regardless of accent. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Learning Futures http://learningfutures.anu.edu.au/ SkillSoup radio http://academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/skillsoup_radio.php SkillSoup feature interviews http://academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/interviews/ interview_downloads.php SkillSoup skills tips http://academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/tips/ tips_downloads.php
  25. 25. LICENCE