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Educational podcasting benefits feedback

Page history last edited by PBworks 12 years, 3 months ago

Feedback from the Post-it note exercise in the morning session is posted here. Participants were asked to submit responses to the following two questions:

  • What can you do now that you could not do before?
  • What can you do better now than before?

Post-its were completed during the presentation of 1 minute clips that demonstrated the diversity of tutor, student, and externally generated approaches being used in UK HE during the session run by Andrew Middleton and Alan Hilliard. The Post-It notes have been transcribed as faithfully as writing allows!

Please add more ideas in the More Benefits section below

Please challenge any of the assumptions in these benefits in the But... section below!


What can you do now that you could not do before?

  • Capture live event for later reviewing by students with audio (not text)
  • Student created material that has audio/video beyond text
  • Enable students audio descriptions of module options so choices are better informed
  • Record and distribute learning matter (lectures)
  • Add variety in terms of audio, visual input
  • Allow students to have more than just lecture notes and resources making actual lecture itself available
  • Allow learning materials direct from tutor to be listened to at any time (assuming learner own an iPod or portable audio player)
  • Make teaching available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week
  • Allows learners to repeat sessions
  • Allows learners to control pace
  • Allows learners to learn where they choose
  • Provide access to student support services for visually impaired students by preloading audio descriptions onto MP3 recorders supplied to assist their learning
  • Give students access to "experts" and "specialists" through audio interviews
  • Participation in a lecture after it took place
  • the feeling of being accessible to your students (verbal communication)
  • voice narration is more suitable for guidance
  • helps accessibility aims
  • allow easier access to expert voices
  • allow students to "hear" audio accompaniment to images/PowerPoint slides
  • Audio feedback
  • Students can listen to lectures and sometimes view and listen to the presentation as many times as they wish after the lecture!
  • Staff can keep a record of what they have covered in lectures - listen to their delivery, adjust and improve
  • Students can closely watch a movie of an instructor demonstrating a computer-based skill - can rewind and follow at own pace
  • We give the students a weekly podcast episode telling them what is happening this week
  • "Meet" people who aren't geographically near you by podcasting i.e. experts creating podcasts for students
  • Allows student created podcasts to be submitted as part of their assessment
  • Create (easily) blogs, wikis, podcasts
  • mass-circulate audio (and pdf) resources via subscription
  • use of recorded voice easily and cheaply at no cost
  • reaching (almost) a global audience
  • deliver material to be used on student-owned playback devices
  • easily recor lectures/events for later review
  • easily create audio resources to support classroom sessions (learning and motivation)
  • easily provide feedback from classroom sessions, assessments
  • giving formative and summative feedback via podcast


What can you do better now than before?

  • Communicate, provide information (eg augment classroom sessions with additional material in an accessible manner) Note: deaf/hard of hearing students need text too.
  • Look at different angles of what constitutes a podcast (eg practitioners/experts interviewed/talking about experiences, etc
  • Widen scope in University to other departments
  • Manage and publish video resources better
  • Better choice for students in accessing learning resources
  • Feedback
  • Guided tours
  • Authentic voices
  • Prepare students for laboratory practical in advance (via video)
  • Add more personal touch to lecturer created material than upload of text and pictures only
  • bring in expert voices into curriculum teaching and learning
  • creating reusable learning resources
  • moving towards audio-visual based teaching and learning approach better than text based
  • entertaining educational pieces are easier to memorise
  • recorded lectures can be edited
  • people become better at public speaking
  • allows interviews with tutors to be placed in archive to allow next years students to listen rather than interview each year
  • We are giving better support to students with disabilities and students whose first language is not English
  • We are helping the teachers to have something to offer students who miss lectures or who want points clarified
  • Bring material to life
  • Increase audience
  • Personalise teaching
  • Easier use of multimedia materials
  • Establish tutor's and student's presence especially in wholly online situation
  • Provide better technical support in accessing VLE by adding audio to screen capture
  • Knowledge on the go
  • Allows tutors to record instant, realtime feedback in the field, rather than wait and write up later
  • Deliver core materials in flexible and accessible ways
  • Share guest speakers with a wider audience through podcasting
  • More effectively utilise distance learning
  • Provide interesting variety of tools for curriculum delivery
  • Make more effective use of recorded voice
  • Stimulate students' experience of lectures
  • Explanation of complex ideas


More Benefits

More of your ideas here please:

  • Ideas and knowledge can be reviewed




Challenge any assumptions here please:

  • Many benefits are teacher-centred here - what do we think about student-centred benefits?
  • The vast majority of students in UK HE appear to access podcasts sitting at a computer rather than using portable devices.



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