Week 5 – Podcasts / Screencasts and YouTube

Introduction

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Explain uses of podcasts and screencasts in teaching and learning
  • Create and publish a podcast, screencast or other video related to teaching and learning

Task List

1. Podcasts

  • Visit and read / watch the materials on the module page

2. Screencasts

  • Visit and read / watch the materials on the module page
  • Watch the conversation with John Boyer from Virgina Tech (details about asking John questions are provided in this section). The session will be at be at 2:30 PM EST on Tuesday February 10, 2015.

3. YouTube

  • Visit and read / watch the materials on the module page
  • Post to the discussion forum about Podcasts
  • Read the details about the Media Project assignment

 

Activities

1. Podcasts

Podcasts are generally audio recordings that are shared, usually in a Mp3 format that people can listen to on a variety of devices such as portable Mp3 players, smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. The name came from the merging of the terms “iPod” and “broadcast”. Video versions (sometimes called “vodcasts”) are often in a Mp4 file format and will play on the same devices. Educators at all levels have been making use of podcasts for sharing information for a number of years. This is sometimes in the form of a short clip explaining a particular concept, but some podcast entire courses with each lecture making up the individual podcast episodes. This allows for students to access course materials while on the go, such as listening to a lecture while on the bus.

For example, Ryan created this short audio clip to summarize one weeks discussions from our Introduction to Teaching Online course.

Audacity is a free tool that a number of educators use to create podcasts. Soundcloud is an online tool that allows you to record podcasts and have them hosted on the Soundcloud site. The following videos explain how to install and use Audacity and provide and introduction to using Soundcloud.

2. Screencasts

Screencasts are screen recordings, such as narrated PowerPoint presentations or tutorials. This course is filled with screencasts created using tools such as Quicktime and Camtasia and then uploaded to YouTube (that’s certainly not the only option). As you have seen in this course, screencasts can be very useful for providing short lectures or showing students how to use online tools for teaching and learning. These can be particularly useful if you are flipping your class.

 

Through the three videos below, you will learn how to create a screencast of a Web site tutorial using Quicktime, how to create a screencast of a PowerPoint presentation using Quicktime, and finally, how to create a screencast using the online tool Screencast-o-matic. Each tool has its benefits and drawbacks, depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

 

 

 

3. YouTube

In this course you have already watched several videos from YouTube include screencasts that we made for this course, screencasts made by others and also the TEDTalk by Eli Pariser in Module 2, so you have already seen some of the many educational resources that can be found on YouTube. There are educational videos to assist teachers and students for every subject at all levels of education. You may find them by doing a general search, browsing through the videos of a particular user, such as the channel for our teaching and learning centre, the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (GMCTE) or TEDTalks, or by looking at YouTube Edu.

In the previous section you learned about creating screencast videos. One way of sharing the videos that you create is through YouTube.

Posting your screencasts to YouTube allows you to easily share them with your learners by either sending them directly to the video on YouTube or by linking to or embedding the video on a Webpage or in a learning management system. Most videos created at our teaching and learning centre are on our YouTube page and also appear on our center’s Website and are included in our courses that we teach, such as this one. Publishing these videos to YouTube make it easy for us to use and reuse, share with other individuals and organizations and promote the work that we do at our center.

The video below will provide you with a brief tutorial on how to upload a video to YouTube. This is a skill you may find useful for completing your media project assignment.