Podcasting Series Leads off B.Y.T.E. Week Workshops

Posted: January 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

According to the Wikipedia definition, a podcast is “a collection of digital media files which is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers.”

Recently, universities throughout the country have been exploring the use of podcasts as an educational tool, and next week’s free B.Y.T.E. (Build Your Technology and Teaching Expertise) program will feature several workshops designed to introduce Mason faculty and staff to the technology. The podcast workshops will all be held on Monday, Jan. 14.

To register for these or any other B.Y.T.E. workshops, see the IT training web site or call the Instructional Resource Center at 703-993-3141.

Podcasting: An Exciting New Technology for Higher Education (9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Innovation Hall, Room 334)

This workshop will provide a general overview of podcasting and its use in the collegiate setting, with a presentation by Barry Adams, Apple development executive and a former university dean. Adams will talk about the changing nature of education, learners and instructional technologies such as podcasting.

Cohosted by Rick Reo, instructional designer in the Instructional Resource Center, this session will also discuss Mason’s iTunes U initiative, a partnership with Apple that allows instructors, administrators and affiliates to manage, distribute and control access to educational audio and video content using Apple’s iTunes Store infrastructure.

Light refreshments will be served at a reception to follow this presentation.

Mason Podcasting @ iTunes U Pilot Initiative (11 a.m. to noon, Innovation Hall, Room 334)

This session provides information and demonstration about iTunes U, a free, hosted service for colleges and universities that provides easy access to educational content and university outreach services and programs. It’s a powerful way to manage a broad range of audio or video content and make it available quickly and easily to students, faculty and staff.

The session includes a general overview and demonstration by Rick Reo, instructional designer in the Instructional Resource Center (IRC); a technical overview on creating podcasts by Shawn Miller, instructional designer and training coordinator in the IRC; and a 15-minute Q&A.

Secrets of Podcasting: Planning and Producing a Podcast Series That Rocks (12:30 to 2 p.m., Innovation Hall, Room 334)

This workshop provides a broad overview of the process of creating a podcast for informational and instructional purposes.

Paras Kaul, director of web communications, and her team that produces Mason’s “Recharge” podcast will show you tips and tricks for creating a radio-style podcast that will grab the interest of your audience.

From another perspective, Rick Reo, instructional designer in the Instructional Resource Center, will focus on the key elements for creating an effective instructional podcast series; he will review a variety of formats that are used for teaching and learning.

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