This learning artifact consists of both a five-minute video podcast and a written document that describes a case study centered around using podcasts in a Masters psychology program. The case study describes the use of podcasts to introduce important concepts, provide support for assignments, and to provide assignment feedback. The material suggests that while students are time poor, they seek efficient ways of understanding course material and requirements.
Both learning artifacts provide the following:
General guidelines recording podcasts
The importance of planning
A look at the technology needed, both hardware and software
The best practices, which includes keeping podcasts short, structured, and clear.
Finally, there is a discussion on the importance of feeling and emotion in making connections with students in learning environments.
Type of Material:
This material includes both a video podcast and a written PDF.
This is a case study and an introduction to podcasting. This material should be used to help acquaint someone unfamiliar with podcasting in an educational environment.
A web browser, the ability to view videos and read and retrieve PDF files.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
After reviewing this material, the viewer should be able to understand how podcasts were used in this online psychology Masters program, as well as identify opportunities for use within their own teaching domain.
Target Student Population:
The appropriate population our faculty who wish to understand how to incorporate podcasting in their online environments.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Although podcasting is defined, one may wish to have a basic understanding of a podcast before viewing this material.
Both the video and written PDF are well produced and thorough in their discussion of educational podcasting.
The downloadable document is very helpful to use and to reflect on the podcast. It's actually a nice guide as part of a toolkit for a flipped classroom.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
There is a great discussion on the importance of planning and preparing your podcast before recording.
More information to help someone get started in podcasting would be beneficial. Although there is a discussion of the use of Audacity, this would not be enough to help someone get started creating a podcast.
Perhaps include a starter kit of needed equipment.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Because the material is both a video and a PDF file, the material is easy to use.
There is a great amount of detail in the PDF file which speaks to the key benefits of podcasting, things to consider, the motivation for podcasting, planning, making podcasts, and ways to incorporate podcasts into teaching.
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