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Getting started with podcasting: a demonstration

Liz Bennett, Cheryl Reynolds
University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Introduction

This demonstration will show how quick and easy it can be to create audio and enhanced podcasts. The demonstration is accompanied by a poster and short paper which show the outcomes from an action research project to examine the effectiveness of podcasts as a component of an online learning course.

There has been a lot of interest in and support for podcasting as a tool for teaching and learning (McKendrick and Bowden (1999); Chinnery (2006); Peters (2005)). Their portability gives podcasts a different set of affordances from traditional tethered approaches to technology enhanced learning (Kukulska-Hulme Traxler 2007).

Method

This session will demonstrate how quick and easy it is to create and syndicate audio and enhanced podcasts and the effectiveness with students on two different courses at the University of Huddersfield will be discussed.

Results

The context for the use of podcasts on a couple of different courses at the University of Huddersfield will be set and a short enhanced podcast summarising the key messages from one of the keynote speakers’ talks at the conference, will be created and syndicated.

Participants will be invited to contribute their views of the keynote speaker’s session.

The practical activity will cover:
• creating audio file with audacity,
• export as mp3 format,
• creating image files with powerpoint and iphoto,
• assembling the podcast using GarageBand,
• exporting to m4a format, and
• syndicating using either Vox blog or Blackboard’s podcast facility.

Some of the potential applications for podcasting and some of their limitations will then be outlined.

Conclusion

The session will increase familiarity with how to produce audio and enhanced podcasts and raise awareness of the possibilities and limitations of the podcast medium.