Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Module 5: Podcasts, video and downloadable audio

Step One: Introduction
So, you want to know more about podcasts and video podcasts? For a great introduction to this technology, please take a moment to read these two articles. Note: these podcast-centric articles can be extended to include video podcasting, just substitute “audio” for “video.”
Step Two: Experience the Podcast
Here are some examples of educational podcasts and video podcasts:
Note: to hear podcasts, you will need MP3 software (like iTunes) on your computer or a portable MP3 player. Video casts may require a media player like Windows or QuickTime.

Step Three: Be the Podcast
Now it’s your turn to create a podcast!

There are many services out there that allow users to create and distribute audio content in the form of podcasts. Gabcast.com is a podcasting and audioblogging platform that provided the easiest way I could find to create your own podcast using minimal additional technology. Need an example? Check out my Gabcast post. Total time it took me to create an account, talk, and post: 7 minutes!

All you will need to create your own podcast using Gabcast is your computer and a telephone. Click this link to create a Gabcast account and simply follow the instructions on how to get started.

If you wish, you can easily post your podcast on to your Learning 2.0 blog, and sharing your test podcasts with the group is encouraged!

Step Four: Reflection
Now that you have experienced podcasts/video casts, and have made your own podcast, it is time to reflect.
How can podcasts or video podcasts be best applied to higher education and/or libraries?
What advantages or disadvantages are there to delivering information via this technology?
Other thoughts?

Let me know if you have questions about any of these technologies and I will do my best to help!

3 comments:

Sarah Leadley said...

Is there any way for a gabcast to run while you're looking at another webpage? I'm thinking of something like a screencast of an ILL form running with a little podcast... Or is this something that we should use something more robust like Captivate to do??

Betsy said...

Update on iTunesU: UW has signed on as well. They're hoping to have some kind of pilot thing going for the fall. Before going full swing they're trying to figure out a way to get UW NetIDs to work with iTunes. Until then, they plan to use it just for promotional material.

Amanda said...

Betsy, Thanks for the update! I can't wait to hear how UW will be using iTunesU.