Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Sounds Good?

Another couple of back-to-back presentations I attended @ the 2008 ALT-C conference were connected with using short podcasts to give timely and personalised feedback to students. Bob Rotheram of Leeds Met Uni' "sounds good" project highlighted exemplars of good practice, namely;

  • use short (less than 5 mins) podcasts
  • Use a good quality Mp3 digital recorder/dictaphone . you can roam, and save in Mp3.
  • Students liked receiving rich arual feedback, compared to written. They felt it was more personal!
  • in most instances the short recordings can save marking time
  • in most instances staff developed skills easily
  • seek approval from course leaders before launching on a big project, there's lots of privacy issues here.

Some useful links were given out on a handout;

Contact Geraldine Jones or Andrea Taylor of Bath Uni to obtain their staff guidelines on working with digital audio.

The second presentation also discussed the shift in pedagogy to more of a constructionist mode, whereby the students are the authors of the podcasts. Again, a move away from a primary diadactic delivery would help embed the use of podcasts in modern teaching.

There is also a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Podcasting for pedagogoc pruposes centred in Chester. Access a wealth of resources here: http://pppsig.podomatic.com/ , or from their wiki http://podcastingforpp.pbwiki.com/. You could also try exploring the art of podagogy @ this blog : http://blog.podagogy.com/

and.. spookily I just learned that Professor Gilly Salmon has just edited a new podcasting book :


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