1. avatar Using NUS Module Blogs : Turnitin Bibliography, Academic Culture, Educational Podcasting, Free Geography Tools

    […] A Teaching with Technology White Paper: Podcasting [download pdf] by Ashley Deal via Stephen DownesA useful primer on podcasting in education. This includes a look at what podcasting is, how it can be used in education and some examples of classroom use. This primer brings to mind a recent post I read by Jacob Christenson, reflecting on the reasons his department’s podcasting project failed. […]

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    Great post, really a primer. “Podcasting” technology isn’t new, when I attendend the Technical University, one of the letures had the “brillant” idea that you could have “tape-lectures”.

    Everybody, including me, laughed at the idea, and it was somewhat rediculous: The lecturer was basically reading from his own text-book, and at the sound of a BELL you should stop the tape, and start solving some problems.

    It didn’t helt that the field that was being thought, was the most boring and “dusty” of ALL courses in electrical engineering, everybody hated it.

    But looking back:

    He produced Danish content, one of the few courses that used Danish materials, actually produced by the institute.

    The idea wasn’t that stupid, but he should have included the tapes with the lecure notes.

    The good thing about it was that it included hands-on excercies that you should solve with your fellow students.

    So what the “tape-lectures” actually did, was that it changed the format of the big lecture, this was a basic course in electrical engineering with 100s of students, into small groups, solving problems together.

    So as much as we all hated it, and frankly I believe that the lecturer actually did it because he didn’t want to bother with his teaching-obligations, it was somewhat visionary, and could be improved, using the well understood and beautifully simple, Podcasting technology we have today.

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    And I’ll add:

    The academic world has a lot to learn from the open soruce movement.

    What I feel that it needs, is a MAJOR shot of open source thinking

    If “they” disagree…Talking about that it will undermining this and that…

    Use the “beer isn’t free analogy. I don’t think Stallman will object, and it’s so easy to grasp, once you put your head to it.

    I love the “vores l” project from the Danish IT-University, and feel that the art-collective behind, “SUPERFLEX”, has managed to communicate the concept behind open source BETTER than ANY from the free software movement.

    Oh well WAY off topic…

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