Scope of Work for Podcasting and Enhanced Podcasting
1. Research, study and conduct a ‘proof of concept’ of Podcasting technology for it applicability to online education.
2. Develop information related to the technology with benefits, features, resources, etc. to allow other colleges to replicate the technology.
3. Provide necessary information to FTCC for inclusion on the NCCCS Technology Center website as a ‘model’ to other community colleges to include:
• Description of the technology
• Hardware and software needed
• Benefits of using the technology
• Process to create the technology
• Related technologies (if any)
4. Provide a written after action report to FTCC for the technology no later than June 30, 2008.
5. Provide a ‘white paper’ of the applicability of the technology to be published to the North Carolina Community College System members.
Description of Technology – Podcasting
Podcasting makes an audio file, typically an MP3 file, available online for downloading via an automatic “feed.” You can then hear the podcast whenever you want from your computer or a portable media player. This grant will address podcasting for instructional purposes.
Hardware / Software
The first thing you need is podcast subscription software. Your options include the latest version of Apple’s iTunes (which has the software built in), or other services such as Odeo or iPodder, to manage your podcast subscriptions. At this point, you will already be able to listen to podcast audio from your computer (provided your computer has a sound card and can play MP3 audio files). If you want to make your podcasts portable, you will need to transfer them from your computer to a portable media device. You will also need some type of digital audio editing software such as Audacity. This is a free download and very user friendly, in addition to LamLib for saving your audacity files as MP3’s.
(Lam Lib Download for making MP3’s)
How can it enhance my teaching?
Podcasting adds another (broader) dimension to online teaching, especially when the course is taught totally online, however it can be used in hybrid courses effectively as well. This form of instructional delivery also enhances the online instructor’s ability to connect with students who may have different learning styles in his/her class. Most students want to be able to hear a lecture, course orientation and/or assignment articulated by their instructor, in addition to just reading it. Podcasts also add a personal (human touch) to any given online class. A good audio podcast can emphasize key points to a given lecture and with proper tone and inflection reinforce important course content, text readings and test materials the instructor wants the student to remember.
Podcasting enables students to take their course content with them where ever they go. It is a mobile technology as long as the student has an mp3 player and way to download the podcast to their IPod or Mp3 player. You DON’T need an Ipod to podcast.
How do I produce podcasts and incorporate them into my teaching?
Instructors can digitally record their classroom lectures and then upload them to the online courses for students to refer to or listen to if a class is missed. Another method is to write a script for a course orientation or lecture and read and record it in a more controlled environment like an office of recording studio.
Some instructors record their podcasts and post them immediately to their courses without doing any post production work and others may choose to edit their digital recording in an editing program like audacity.
Once a student subscribes to a teachers podcasts he/she will receive them every time the instructor uploads new digital content to ITunes. That is if ITunes is used by a given institution. Podcasts can also be uploaded to a college server and linked to or embedded directly into Moodle or Blackboard.
It is also very important that you standardize HOW you name your podcasts and the protocols for adding Meta Data to your Podcast files. Click here for an example of how Carteret Community College does this for its ITunes U site.
Click Here to Download Podcasting Workshop Outline for Instructors podcastingworkshop.doc
Click here Microphone Image for Introductory Podcast on Podcasting
Click here to visit CCC ITunes U and go to Distance Learning Icon. You can watch enhanced podcasts (I Produce Video Podcasts) on using Audacity to edit your podcasts and check out the enhanced podcast called Why Podcast.