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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lecture capture and podcasting

I'm starting a consulting assignment for George Washington University this week. I'll spend the next few months helping their faculty consider the options and problems associated with lecture capture and podcasting, how to get the most educational value from them, and how the university should (or shouldn't) support those activities.  There are really at least two distinctly different activities here: faculty (or their students) who create and upload video or audio materials for use within a course, and faculty who record their entire class sessions and upload the recordings for later use. 

I'm eager to get started.  We're going to run focus groups with faculty who use these techniques and faculty who've stopped, along with some of their friends. We'll videotape some interviews with faculty in various disciplines, and put short clips on the web. We'll see where the sources of 'friction' are for newbies, and figure out how to reduce them.   

Know some good stuff for me to read? People I should contact at other universities? web materials that already exist?

1 comment:

  1. Here are two links on podcasting that I've found valuable:

    David Miller's Intro to General Psychology (be sure to listen to his "Precasts")

    U Buffalo's School of Social Work

    Also, re: lecture capture - what I've read is that students generally don't watch a lecture video from beginning to end. They prefer to jump to the section they're interested in or jump around. I recommend editing the video into short segments by topic or providing a "table of contents" so students can find what they're looking for quickly.