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Proposal to focus on podcasting learning objects

Posted by Janet Finlay on May 14, 2007

Streamline is focused on the work flow associated with using repositories. In the original bid we restricted this to learning object repositories to make it manageable, though with the expectation that many of the outcomes would be applicable to other types of repositories.

However, even within learning objects we have huge potential scope both in terms of tools used and work flows. My proposal is therefore to focus (initially at least) on video/audio based learning objects in the form particularly of podcasts. There are a number of reasons why this makes sense to me:

  1. We are just starting a major podcasting pilot at Leeds Met which includes users from across the University and the Regional University Network, covering a large range of topics and styles of podcast (content delivery, feedback, assessment etc). This gives us access to a consistent but varied user group that we can follow throughout the learning object development and usage cycle.
  2. The podcasts proposed represent a range of styles and work flows, and will be created using a range of tools, including video/audio editing tools, powerpoint, word and other office tools. This will allow us to explore tools that can be integrated with standard software.
  3. The podcasting project faces considerable real issues relating to metadata creation and resource management. These are live issues for the project which we could help address while also fulfilling the objectives of the Streamline project.
  4. There are also resource discovery issues relating to components of podcasts (particularly various media assets) which need to be addressed – users will be drawing on existing repositories to create their new learning objects which will then be shared via a repository. This cycle is typical of repository use and therefore ideal for our project.
  5. Given the nature of podcasts as multimedia learning objects, our findings if we use this as a focus of study should have application to other sorts of multimedia institutional repository.

I am proposing to develop the management plan around this unless anyone has any objections.

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One Response to “Proposal to focus on podcasting learning objects”

  1. stuartlhirst said

    Janet
    A good rationale with which I agree.
    Stuart

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