Podcasting as an Academic Enrichment and Academic Support

It has been some time since my last posting to this blog page. It has been a busy fall term with several major teaching tasks. One of the exciting experiments for the fall academic term has been the introduction of a weekly Internet podcast that provides an academic enrichment and academic support for my introduction to world history course. This course is primarily taken by first smester, first-year students. It has been a fascinating experiment to see how this and other Web 2.0 learning tools (like wiki web pages) could be an asset for anyone in the course, whether or not they were academically-underprepared. It is too early to report on the utility, though early reports appear favorable from the students.

If you are interested in learning more about this experiment with podcasting, please go to the following web site, http://podcasting.arendale.org I have prepared two online narrated PowerPoint presentations. one is a basic overview of podcasting. The other presentation describes using the technology in education. I share some of the ways that I am experimenting with this technology. In addition to these presentations, I also provided nearly a dozen handouts on podcasting in general and information about my history podcast in particular. Many of the handouts have active web links embedded inside of them, so all you need to do is to click on the links and you will be taken to the web sites.

I plan to return to more regular postings to this blog page. I have plenty of new articles and reports that I have read in the past couple of months. I look forward to sharing some short abstracts of them. Many of these publications are available through the Internet so I will include their web addresses.