Why Podcast? J eff Potocki - Software Support Specialist/ Training C oordinator Elizabeth Langran -Director of the Educational Technology Program in GSEAP Richard Regan -Assistant Professor of English and C hair of the Educational Technology C ommittee Computing and Network Services Fairfield University
Session Breakdown • Why Podcasting in general? • Why Podcasting from an Institutional standpoint? • What is Podcasting? • The Benefits • The Outcome • What’s Involved • Examples at Fairfield • Related Issues • Why Podcast from a Faculty standpoint?
Why Podcasting, in general? • Promotes creativity • To Grow and Serve your Audience • Explore the Future of Media • Get content out that you previously couldn’t • Establish yourself as an authority • Use other people’s knowledge
Why Podcast from an Institutional Standpoint? • Helping faculty incorporate technology into their curriculum • Growth of technology savvy students • The availability of popular technology products: – The iPod • How to leverage this technology and apply it to the academic arena?
What is Podcasting? • The History – How did Podcasting start? • Adam Curry (The Pod Father) • iPods • Apple (iPod + Broadcast = Podcast) • Definition – Technology that applies: • Time Shifted • Portable • Media
What is Podcasting? • The Parts/Technology – What is Podcasting made up of? • RSS Feeds (Really Simple Syndication) • XML (Extensible Markup Language) • Aggregators (Software Programs) – iTunes
What is Podcasting? • The Myths – You don’t need to be a programmer! – Audio, Video, and PDF! – Mac and PC ! – You don’t need to have an iPod! – What a podcast is…
The Benefits • More Options • An easy way to distribute audio and video content • #1 benefit is Review • Other strategies: – Pre-lecture homework – Blended Learning – Students create the content
The Outcomes • An online learning environment for digital content • Faculty Responses • Student Responses
What’s Involved? • Must follow the basic rule: – Make it simple and reliable • Work with Faculty: – Purchase iPods & Microphones – Perfect the creation of digital content • Work through the technology obstacles (digitizing/formatting) • Incorporate Students
Podcasting Examples • Music • English • Nursing • Religious Studies • C hemistry • Educational Technology • Modern Languages • Abroad • Writing C enter • iTunes University
Related Issues? • There is a learning curve • Intellectual Property issues • Ownership of C ontent – Manipulating C ontent • Philosophical Debate
Why Podcasing from a Faculty Standpoint? • Alfred Benney – Professor of Religious Studies • Main Points – Support Lecture, Discussion, Demonstration – Student Tutorial and Review – Issue of Students not going to class or not listening to the available lecture at all – Make the students who missed class decide what was the “important” material by reviewing the lecture
Why Podcasing from a Faculty Standpoint? • Alfred Benney continued… – Professor Review – Teaching Assessment – Archive/Preservation purposes – Drawbacks: Virtual Interaction with Students – Technology Support
References • www.fairfield.edu/itunesu • www.apple.com/education/ products/ipod/itunes_u.html • www.apple.com/support/ itunes_u • www.google.com • Podcasts.yahoo.com • Mypodcastcenter.com • iTunes Music Store
Why Podcast? Questions? and THANK YOU!!