Tuesday, December 05, 2006

#22 '99 ideas for educational podcasting' - an audio poster #2

Andrew Middleton presents part 2 of an audio poster entitled 'Educational Podcasting - 99 ideas for a-learning'. In this 2nd audio-poster episode he speaks to several colleagues in the Learning and IT Services department at Sheffield Hallam University. He asks them what ideas spring to mind when presented with some of the titles he has given to his ideas for educational podcasting. The hope is that before the end we find idea 100!

Contact: email lta-podcast "AT" shu.ac.uk


greatnews said...

Hi Andrew,
I learned of your podcast through Shawn Wheeler's Adventures in Podcasting recent podcast and was excited to see/hear of your work related to higher education podcasting. I have listened to several of your podcasts on ideas for educational podcasting and found them extremely helpful. I am on the faculty for Arizona State University-College of Teacher Education and Leadership and we are currently beginning this same exploration with our faculty. There is growing interest for using podcasting in the college but there is also a lot of apprehension. Your podcasts provided lots of creative examples (and reassurances) about how they could be used to enhance student learning. Is it possible to get a copy of your list of 99 ideas you used in your audio poster sessions? I have shared the URL for your podcasts with our group but I think the actual list could provide a very helpful context. Thank you for sharing your experience and expertise!
Peggy George
College of Teacher Education and Leadership
Arizona State University

Andrew Middleton said...

The list of 99 is semi-formed. I have it as a poster with each model as a title - some are more descriptive than others. I could give you the list, but what I really recommend is that you develop your own list by brainstorming with colleagues.
The way I went about this was to say idea number 1 (Recording lectures) is out, what else can we do given the key characteristics of a podcast. These are:
* Distributed media – usually audio,
* Accessible - direct on Web or downloadable
* Automatically delivered – option for simple syndication (RSS feed + media enclosures), one time sign up, automatic delivery whenever a new 'episode' becomes available
* Serial – often, possibly regular, possibly frequent
* Managed by the user - aggregation software (eg iTunes) designed to gather feeds
* Time and location neutral – hence 'time shifting', 'space shifting', mobile, flexible learning resources
* Device neutral
Find inspiration in: other educational models; considering problems (eg how can we engage with professional domains?); what voices? - faculty, students, progfessional organisations, the media.
Move away from the didactic use of the single voice - it's hard to sustain listener engagement. What can you do with conversations? Do you want to 'observe' conversations or take part in conversations. Think about audio as an illustrative tool used to make interventions in the learning process.