Worth Reading

Two articles in the November/December issue of Educause Review:

There’s Something in the Air: Podcasting in Education
“Podcasting is taking its place among the dizzying variety of grassroots media now available to everyone. Those in higher education need to understand the potential uses and value of rich media authoring, bringing podcasting into courses so that students can lift their learning to a whole new level.”

Instant Messaging: IM Online! RU?
“With IM playing a large and growing role in the communication, interactivity, and socialization skills of today’s younger generation, higher education leaders and faculty must seriously consider its application and inclusion within students’ learning activities.”

Educause Webcast on Blogging, RSS, and Podcasting

Educause is offering the following webcast:

Narrowcasting 101: Using Blogs, Podcasts, and Videoblogs in Higher Education
When July 21, 1-2 EDT.
Cost: About as cheap as it gets (Free!!!)
Where to Register: Follow this link right here
What’s it about:

A key element of the new Web is narrowcasting, which includes Weblogs, podcasts, and video blogs. Practices surrounding narrowcasting that use RSS feeds and aggregators to distribute increasingly rich amateur content are creeping onto our campuses. This session will explore several facets of narrowcasting and the new Web. What is narrowcasting? Where did it come from, and where is it going? How might narrowcasting fit into a campus e-portfolio or course management system? What are the implications of having increasingly media-rich (and resource-intensive) content on campus? How can we filter and focus all of this new content? Join us to explore the vibrant and rapidly evolving world of Weblogs, podcasts, and video blogging and their potential impact on teaching and learning.

Podcasting 101

iLounge has a nice Beginner’s Guide to Podcast Creation The walkthrough is quite easy to follow, but there is one catch:

Amazingly enough, this first step is the one many podcasters skip: develop a plan. Before you start recording, think about what you want to say, and organize your show accordingly. Make notes, prepare your interviews (if any), and try to improvise as little as possible. While a completely spontaneous show can sound good if you’ve got the knack, the best podcasters prepare their shows in advance and work hard to provide interesting content. (See Seven Rules of Effective Podcasting (offsite link) for some tips on creating good podcasts that people will come back to listen to.) There are thousands of podcasts available today, but it’s easy to pass most of them up because they don’t stand out – figure out your angle, and run with it!