INTED – Blogs and Podcasts As Student Deliverables

Institutions of higher education face many challenges; one is to provide a learning environment that acknowledges the unique skills and interests of the Net Generation. This paper explores these challenges within the context of computer-mediated communication (CMC) instruction. Specifically, the paper explores the use of social web technologies – blogs and podcasts – as methods of student learning and assessment. Podcasting and blogs facilitate online communication in a community network; both combine old and new communication methods to rapidly and inexpensively deliver words, text and audio via the Internet. Most reports of the use of these technologies in an educational setting focus on teacher-centered communication, specifically, podcasts of lectures. However, these technologies can also be used as an alternative, experiential and innovative method for active student learning. The paper provides a framework to help others create similar learning opportunities; it identifies pitfalls and best practices; and it provides a set of recommended tools. Paper as PDF; slides PPT.  continue reading →

INTED – Monday AM Podcasts

My first two sessions this morning dealt with podcasting. The first, from the University of Illinois, focused on administration. They are using iTunesU (not a big surprise) but launched in June 2006 (a surprise: UW only launched in fall 2007). Some podcasts are "open" to the public. Podcasts are also used in marketing (send to donors and/or potential donors). About 26 faculty are podcasting each semester. Either they record the live lecture (video and audio) or they record a summary after the class.The second was a case study from the UK, with a focus on the lecturer. Their data suggests students have little desire to re-listen to an entire lecture, even one recorded as an enhanced podcast with chapters. And some students still prefer paper delivery. These podcasts are edited, supplemental material. Not sure if they have identified an optimal length. continue reading →