Podcasting – Five years on…

An ELKS Community seminar on the 14th of July 14.00 – 15.00hrs UK time

Podcasting has come a long way since the word ‘podcast’ became the Word of the Year in the New Oxford American Dictionary. Many teachers in universities, colleges and schools now use podcasts to support their students’ learning. There are many examples of students creating podcasts as part of course activity.

But what it is like for a university professor to podcast, year after year for five years? Especially if you are Pro-Vice-Chancellor and a leader of a world-class research group?

Take a bow, John Fothergill.

This professor of Engineering and former Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Leicester has been hitting the headlines in the national press since 2006 with his innovative uses of podcasting to make the learning of Engineering more effective.

Media coverage of his work has focused on improving teaching, how students learn, and how technology allows campus-based students to study on the move.

John’s use of rap in some of his podcasts is legion. Some of his international students began email his podcasts as sound files to their family and friends back home to share the joys of learning John’s course on ‘Optical Fiber Communication Systems’.

His course is unusual in that it is delivered entirely on-line using the University’s Blackboard VLE, with some face-to-face tutorial support. John used podcasts to help his students to develop good online learning and collaborative skills.

It would be an absolute treat to listen to John (on the 14th of July at 14.00hrs UK time) reflecting on his creation and use of podcasts with his students for the last 5 years.

John plans to share his experience of using learning technologies to address the challenges of teaching a subject like Engineering.

He will provide a convincing argument for incorporating low cost, high impact e-learning technologies such as podcasts into teaching and learning process to support student learning.

This is all possible, he will argue, no matter how busy you are as an academic – after all, John was a Pro Vice Chancellor at Leicester when he started to use podcasts!

In the seminar, John will outline the pedagogical model that he developed to design his course to integrate various e-learning approaches including podcasts and e-tivities.

And, no doubt John will share insights about how his students reacted to podcasts, including the ones who emailed John’s podcasts to their family!

For joining instructions, please visit the ELKS Community site (http://elkscommunity.wetpaint.com/). Look forward to meeting you online on 14th July.


Palitha Edirisingha, 15 June 2010

E-Learning and Knowledge Sharing (ELKS) Community and a forthcoming seminar…

We at the Beyond Distance Research Alliance are hosting an online community of practitioners and researchers interested in e-learning and learning technologies. The purpose of the community, called ELKS (E-Learning and Knowledge Sharing) is to share resources and expertise via online events such as seminars about using technology to improve teaching and learning.

ELKS Community is affiliated with the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID).

Membership of the ELKS Community is open to individuals and institutions. We anticipate that members participate in online discussions and host online events related to their area of expertise.

More about ELKS is available from the website at : http://elkscommunity.wetpaint.com/

Please have a look, and if you like to become a member please email me at pe27@le.ac.uk.

Perhaps you might like to take part in next ELKS Seminar on the 21st of August 2009 at 13.30hrs BST.

The title of the seminar is “From Post to Postings: A Brief History of ‘Arms Length’ Learning”. In this one hour session, Professor David Hawkridge, the founding Director of The UK Open Univesity’s Institution of Educational Technology is taking us through a brief history of the developments in learning technologies and the impact on the roles of students and tutors. An introduction to the seminar available here http://elkscommunity.wetpaint.com/

Like all ELKS seminars, this is an online seminar that can be accessed from a standard internet browser. Please email me at pe27@le.ac.uk if you would like to take part in this free seminar. The URL to access the seminar will be available on the 10th of August.

Palitha Edirisingha

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