I’ve now written stories for the Spartan Daily about Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Is Yahoo next? Thankfully, no. But I’ll keep an eye out, so I can hit the superfecta.
For the record, every single student who has talked to me about the iTunes U story has said something to the effect of “So we don’t have to go to class anymore. Cool.” I left the folks I talked to lots of openings to really explain how podcasts could be used as supplemental audio/video material, and not just class lectures, but I must have hit the wrong sources, because no one really took off on that angle.
There’s obviously a lot more to it than just class lectures, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens if/when they launch. I know SJSU is trying to teach folks how to podcast, use Skype, etc., but I don’t know what the adoption rate is looking like yet. I’m sure that would make a lovely thesis for the folks in the Instructional Technology department.
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Ryan follow my link of November of 2004. This is why I said, “the sky is the limit.” It is two things that make podcasting such important technology. First is the value add. The richer learning experience it allows students to bring to the classroom. Second, and this could be the most disruptive, is that is allows for new learning methods to emerge that may allow learning and higher education to reach learners and potential students for whom the traditional higher education paradigm may simply not be an option. In a flat world, I think this is critical.
I really think there is something here for education!In my opinion Podcasting is a great tool:for distance learningto facilitate self-paced learningfor remediation of slower learnersto allow faculty to offer advanced and or highly motivated learners extra contentfor helping students with reading and/or other learning disabilitiesfor multi-lingual educationto provide the ability for educators to feature guest speakers from remote locationsto allow guest speakers the ability to present once to many sections and classesto allow educators to escape the tedium of lecturingto offer a richer learning environment
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