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The Why and How of Educational Institution Podcasting Webcast November 2, 2007

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As an update to this post: GHEC Presentation, the video is now online at http://www.vbpresenter.com/kbeedon/frey.


More Rice University Course Info – Podcast Transcript 11 March 16, 2007

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The Links and Transcript to “11 – More Rice University Course Info” (3:50) released March 18, 2007 (click here to listen):

The Links:

The Transcript:

Hi, J.D. Frey here from the why and how of podcasting. There’s less than a month left until the course at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University, and I wanted to give those attending a little bit more info about what we’ll be doing and what they should expect in the course.

First, if you’re not enrolled and you’ve been *thinking* about signing up, as of last week there were still spots open. I’m not sure how many, but call 713-348-48 zero 3 to register for the course. That’s 713-348-48 zero 3.

If you’re *already* signed up for the course and listening to this… welcome! I’m looking forward to getting to know you, you’re podcasting ambitions, and help you plan, produce, publish, and promote your podcast.

Podcasting is a great way for a company to market themselves or communicate with employees, a church, ministry or non-profit to get their message out to world of listeners or communicate with members or volunteers, or just one person who has a passion about something and wants others to know about it… there are obviously many reasons to podcast… and I’m looking forward to hearing why you, coming to the class, want to do it.

So, what will we be doing in class? Our first class is April sixteenth and we will be, as I just said, sharing why we’re there and what our podcasting ambitions are. I also want to know what attendees need to get out of the class to make sure that I’m covering everything… and then we’ll be going through partaking of podcasts: how to find them, podcatchers, examples of great podcasts and maybe not so great ones… and they’ll be time left for breaks, discussions and a podcast that we produce in the class each week. It will be released here on the why and how of podcasting feed so that you can listen to it and others can hear what you’re up to in the class.

There will be homework each week that we’ll talk about or use in the following weeks class… don’t worry… it’s not a lot… you can put as much or as little effort as you want into it… it’s after all for you to learn more and work on your podcast.

Our second class will focus on planning your podcast with issues surrounding things like format, duration, equipment and such.

The third class will be all about audio. The fourth about video and screencasting. And in the fifth class we’ll talk about publishing a podcast… and not just a feeds or tags, but the other elements that podcasters use to really get their podcast out there… which kind of takes us into the sixth and last class on podcasting promotion. By that time, you’ll have watched me do a podcast like this one from start to finish, produced a podcast in class as a class, and you’ll publish your own self created podcast.

The lab that we’ll be in is Windows Operating system based, but I’ll also have a Mac OS X laptop and maybe a couple other machines that I bring in to talk about the software differences and demonstrate on.

I think that’s about all the info I had for you on the course. If you are thinking about attending and have questions, or you ARE attending and want to know something more about a class, have an issue with the date, need to contact me for some special instructions… email me at jdfrey@rice.edu… that’s J D F R E Y at rice dot E D U… or simply give me a call at 713-348-5827.

I’m J.D. Frey… if you’ve signed up for the course… I’m looking forward to meeting you soon… if you’re in the Houston area and you haven’t yet… do it… it’s going to be fun… as always… thanks for listening.

Educause SW Regional Conference – Great University Podcasting Example February 22, 2007

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I am attending the Educause Southwest Regional Conference and wanted to point you to some resources that the other speaker on podcasting had.

The session was “Campus Casting Call: Engaging Students and Faculty with Podcasting” by Stuart J. Glogoff, Sr. Consultant, Learning Technologies, The University of Arizona.

The Learning Technologies Center (LTC) at The University of Arizona is leading a campus initiative that weaves podcasting into classroom and distance instruction. He explained and showed how melding of new technology with the traditional classroom, online and hybrid instruction, and hands-on student experience brings more flexibility to instructors and a deeper learning experience to students.

See his presentation on the Educause Website.

More importantly, check out the University of Arizona Podcasting website… it could be used for examples, a resource for university podcasters, for instruction on things like iTunes, etc.

For my presentation on podcasting, go to the Presentations tab above and go to The Why and How of Podcasting at Your University.

Podcasting in Education – Podcast Transcript 9 February 12, 2007

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The Links and Transcript to “9 – Podcasting in Education” (4:00) released February 11, 2007 (click here to listen):

The Links:
•    Read this post: https://jdfrey.wordpress.com/podcasting-in-education
•    Samples of Podcasting in Education
•    Educational Podcast Directories

The Transcript:

Hi, this is J.D. Frey from the Why and How of Podcasting.  Before I get started with today’s podcast I mentioned a bunch of podcasts last week that you should be listening to.  How did it go?  Did you like them?  I told you you’d learn a lot didn’t I?

Well, I specifically left two more out because I wanted to talk about them separately, away from the pack if you will.  Also, since I’m talking about podcasting in Education I thought these would be appropriate.  Podcast academy from Gigavox, and the Podcast Brothers Tim and Emile Bourquin.  Both of these podcasts are of, or themselves, an event.  The Podcast Academy number 5 is actually going on this week at Duke University, but you can listen to past sessions and get the new sessions when they are released by subscribing to the podcast. Go to podcast academy dot com to find it.  There will also be a link in the show notes. (http://pa.gigavox.com/series/podcastacademy.html)
The podcast brothers, at the podcast brothers dot com (http://www.podcastbrothers.com), are from the guys that put on the Podcast and New Media Expo.  I highly encourage you to listen to their podcast if you want to know more about the world of podcasting and, of course, I even higher highly recommend you go to the Podcast and New Media Expo… September 28th through 30th in Ontario California.  If you’re a podcaster, this will open your eyes to what is really out there in podcasting, from people to equipment, tips and techniques.  It’s a great expo as well as learning event.

Okay, on to Podcasting in Education, but seriously, those are two podcasts you don’t want to miss.  Anyway, this is the WHY and HOW of podcasting, so I want to give you some ideas on why to podcast if you’re a school, teacher, or any educational place really.  I’ve compiled a short list of sample podcasts that are being used for, and in, established educational environments. Since there is always a push by educational institutions to find effective new ways for people to learn, maybe reviewing a few of these will spark some ideas on how you could be using podcasts.  I found a good sampling of teacher to student podcasts like Organic Chemistry and Drexel University, but there were also some student to student podcasts, like WillowWeb… a podcast for kids by the students at Willowdale Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska.  Teacher to teacher podcasts are also out there with something like Ideas for Math educators, found at mathgrad.com.  And though all of these links and more will be published in the transcript of this podcast, you can find many many more examples at podcastforteachers.org… that’s podcastforteachers.org all words all spelled out.

Sorry I can’t read off all the links here, again, they’re out in the transcript, but I found seven more very good educational podcast directories… if you want to go searching for them, they are from the education podcast network, ed dash cast dot org, podcast alley has one, ipodder has another, learn out loud, and podcasting news is the last… I think that’s six… so I missed one, but if you search online for educational podcast directory… you should find some of the one’s I’m talking about.

So, how do we do these?  With limited budgets and board approvals, with not enough time to come up with curriculum and teach let alone augment the teaching with a podcast, how do you do it?  My suggestion is to make it as easy as possible.  Well, of course, you say, but how do you do that?  Any computer that has an internet connection can post a podcast and with free service providers out there, free rss feed websites, and even free recording and mixing software, the cost problem goes away.  And.. if you take a lesson that you’ve already taught and just reiterate the main points in one or two takes, the time involved could be rather short.  Test it, see if the response is positive.  If so, you may have a case to make an investment or will want to devote a bit more time to make it a bit better.  In my talk in a couple weeks at Educause, I’m going to go through what a podcasting studio might look like… from no budget… to whoa budget.  If you’re in the no budget range… listen back in a couple weeks and I’ll have some suggestions for you.

I’m J.D. Frey from the why and how of podcasting.  The transcript for this plus all the links I told you about can be clicked to from thewhyandhowofpodcasting dot com or go to my blog at jdfrey.wordpress.com.  Thanks for listening, and listen in for the next couple weeks for a lot more educational podcasting information.

Class Podcasts: Bolstering Courses or Cutting Attendance? February 9, 2007

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By Doug Hoagland
The Fresno Bee

Asserting that they need to relate to today’s students on their own level, growing numbers of college professors are making their lectures available for download as podcasts. They say it’s a good way to further engage students and reinforce what is taught in the classroom, but some worry that students consider relying on podcasts an easy way to cut class and still pass tests.

See the full story here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/rsstory/55625.html

Univerisity of Michigan Health System Podcasts January 8, 2007

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The University of Michigan Health System produces a variety of podcasts. With a single speaker and a clip from an expert, the MiHealth podcasts (pronounced my-health), are NPR-ish format health podcasts that last less than 3 minutes are a good example of a simple and effective podcast.

Take a listen to Spice Up Your Health This New Year.

See a complete listing of podcasts here: http://www.med.umich.edu/podcast/

Attendance in Classes that are Podcasted December 12, 2006

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From personal experience I can tell you that students still come to class. Sure, there’s a class participation component to the grade, but it’s not like everyone misses all of the allowed classes.

Consider this quote from: http://www.theeyeopener.com/article/2856

And some professors are using podcasts so that students don’t have to fumble with tape recorders during classes. University of Waterloo professors Robert Park and Peter Douglas both make podcasts of their lectures. Park, an anthropology professor, says some of his students were concerned about attendance levels dropping.

“They were concerned other students wouldn’t come to class, and students who did should get credit for it,” he says. “But as far as I could tell, attendance was normal.”

Attendance in Douglas’s classes didn’t seem to decrease, he says, but this may have been due to the mathematical nature of his course. “Just listening without being in the lecture at all might have been confusing,” he says.

If that’s the only negative you can come up with, consider all the positives… even for those who can’t (or don’t) come to a class now and then. Another quote from a different article: (see full MTV story here)

“It takes the pressure off of students with respect to note taking, so they can feel like they can actually listen and not always be worrying about writing everything you say down,” said Lori Leachman, a professor of economics at Duke. Leachman also counts podcasting’s appeal to auditory learners and convenience for absent students among the technology’s strengths.

If you’re thinking about podcasting your course or lecture, and haven’t because you’re afraid of attendance… my advice is to try it and see what happens. You can always shut it down if you find that the students are not coming to class. My advice then, though, would be to understand why they aren’t coming to class, analyse if grades are the same, and come up with other reasons for them to come to class (participation grade, quizzes, in class projects that are not podcasted, etc.).

Posting Class Notes vs. Class Transcripts Online December 7, 2006

Posted by Jeff in Educational Podcasts, Podcast Accessibility, Podcast Transcription, University Podcasting.

What happens in an educational class determines what should get posted online about that class.

(This topic comes from the idea of posting transcripts of the podcast from a class.  If you have a class, and you record it, then you podcast it, you’re supposed to (508 compliance) also post the transcript of that class.  What if, however, you don’t have the resources to do so?)

I’ve sat in classes where the professor uses it as an opportunity to discuss readings, have the class interact, or introduce ideas off the cuff to students.  If that is recorded, and will be part of the information a student needs to succeed in the course, then the audio needs to be transcripted.

I’ve also sat in classes where the professor reads through notes and doesn’t deviate very much from what they say.  If this class is podcasted, and if the notes read through in class are what a student needs to succeed in the class… then I don’t believe that the transcript needs to be published… the notes do.

Publishing the notes that have already been written is obviously a faster and less expensive or time comsuming endeavor than to transcript every class.

The intent of 508 compliance is to provide individuals with the same opportunity to suceed as other inviduals.  If merely posting notes provides that, then you have met the criteria.

How Can Podcasting Enhance Teaching November 28, 2006

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I’ve been waiting to send this link out for about a month now, I wanted to research it a bit before doing so: Globalizing Education One Podcast at a Time, by Randy Yerrick, talks about how digital media can reach diverse learners and complement instruction.

It has also emerged as a venue for bridging access gaps, supplementing instruction, and applying multimodality teaching practices to inclusive classrooms—particularly for capturing and disseminating best practices, as well as capitalizing on resources in web and distance education contexts.

Specifically talking about science teaching in a classroom setting, these next bullets are taken directly from the section where he states that podcasting can enhance teaching by:

  • Bringing science experts and other resources to teachers and students;
  • Providing opportunities to replay significant scientific events and instruction;
  • Sharing data and data analysis anywhere and at any time;
  • Giving every student virtual access to pristine research facilities and state-of-the-art science demonstrations and simulations;
  • Facilitating supplemental instruction through multiple languages;
  • Extending the everyday classroom lab experience beyond the classroom walls, and promoting science equity by giving this access to every student; and
  • Sharing science teaching artifacts and events for the assessment of excellence in science teaching and learning.

Yes! That’s a great list. I wish I had written it. There are a few more bullets I’d like to add to it from the other side of the podcast:

  • Giving students the opportunity to share and document thier findings on a specific subject
  • Enabling the students to learn from other students who have excelled and can lead by example

… and… one that I’ve recently done a lot of thinking about in the case of a higher education setting…

  • allowing class time to be for interaction

At a college or university, imagine the implications of a class having no book or reading material that went along with it, but instead, the professor released a podcast of a lecture the week before each actual class time. That podcast would be ‘required listening,’ so that when students came to class, the time would not be taken up with lecture time, but with discussion and debate. Hmmm?

Read there rest of the arcticle here: Globalizing Education One Podcast at a Time, by Randy Yerrick.

Educational Podcast Directories November 15, 2006

Posted by Jeff in Educational Podcasts, Podcast Directories, Podcasting, University Podcasting.

I did a post a couple of days ago about podcast directories using the term “educational” to be anything that supposedly teaches you something. Don’t get me wrong, I think delivering educational content is the highest form of podcasting! I used “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Writing” and a “Hockey-site where you’ll find all the information you need to succeed in professional hockey” as examples… because I’m subscribed to both of them.

I like to distinguish, however, between educational institution podcasts (K-12 and Higher Ed Podcasting) and podcasts for the general public. Here are a few links you can check out to help you search through “educational podcasts:”

There are obviously more out there, but these will get you started in checking out the wide range of podcasts in education.

More Educational Podcast Examples November 14, 2006

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These aren’t necessarily from educational institutions, but they are good examples of well done educational podcasts that are very popular:

They come in all different genres, lengths, and budgets. If you think you have an idea for a podcast, don’t hesitate… get out there and start podcasting. You may start producing something that a lot of other people want to hear about.

Samples of Podcasting in Education November 13, 2006

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Most podcast directories use the term “educational” to be anything that supposedly teaches you something. Their idea of an educational podcast can be anything from “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Writing” to a “Hockey-site where you’ll find all the information you need to succeed in professional hockey.” At educational institutions, however, there is a higher standard set for things termed educational.

I’ve compiled a short list of sample podcasts that are being used for, and in, established educational environments. Since there is always a push by educational institutions to find effective new ways for people to learn, maybe reviewing a few of these will spark some ideas on how you could be using podcasts.

Prior to checking the podcasts out, read this article by Will Richardson called “The New Face of Learning.” He poses the question… what happens to time-worn concepts of classrooms and teaching when we can now go on-line and learn anything, anywhere, anytime?

As much as listening to what other people have done can help formulate your own ideas of what to do and how, there is no substitute for someone who has done it before and can help advise on what you are doing / would like to do. Some of the individuals running the sites listed in this bullet list are very willing to talk about the ideas and issues surrounding podcasting in education. I recommend you seek counsel prior to starting your podcast.