Goin' Mobile - Podcasting Update

Earlier this fall I blogged about my intention to podcast my lectures this semester. Now that the semester's over I can report that this experiment was an unqualified success. My main concern going into the semester was the possibility that there might be a negative impact on class attendance. As it turns out, the attendance rate in my Intro Geology classes this fall was better than either of the two previous semesters.

So how did the students feel about it? I'll let them tell you in their own (unsolicited) words...

Student A: I found that if anyone is using iTunes and needs to hear one of the lectures, its rather easy. Just open your iTunes and go to advanced then click on "Subscribe to PodCast". Once you have done that just go to the blackboard website, click on the XML icon and copy/paste that url into the url menu your iTunes brought up. Then you can listen on your computer through iTunes or transfer that to your iPod.

Student B: I just wanted to say that the podcasts were a great idea. As I'm sure many have noticed, I tend to be VERY busy here at school and don't exactly have the best attendence record as far as class goes. Sometimes I would just have to work and there was nothing I could do about it. Yes, school should come first, but when I face reality, I have rent and car payments to make every single month. The podcasts were a HUGE help in this class. My computer would automatically download them into iTunes whenever there were new ones posted and if I didn't make it to class that day. It made it much easier for me to still keep up to par with what was going on in class if the book didnt cover it well enough. I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time and going out of your way to give us this extra study tool and let you know that it does not go unappreciated.

Student C: I also agree that the podcast was a good idea. I was at most every class but I found that come test time it's nice to be able to go back and listen to the lectures. I wish that every class I take had this.

Student D: I just wanted to say that today was the first time that I used the podcast and to my suprise it really helped me out. I was trying to remember something mentioned in class and got on the podcast and found out the answer.

Needless to say, podcasting will continue to be a regular feature of all of my classes.

Ron Schott

podcasting and attendance

I am glad you posted on the Chronicle's blog - I've got you on my feeds now. One of the reasons that people may be seeing different attendance behavior in students is the type of class, the type of supplementary material and the teacher's expectations. I offer screencasts in addition to podcasts and I do not take attendance. Without a screencast I think most classes would be very difficult to take with the podcast alone.

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