Podcasting gets bigger in U.S. colleges

How to do podcasting Since I work in an educational technology setting, I’d like to keep everyone up to speed with developments in the blogosphere and how academic institutions around the United States stay ahead of the curve.

Here’s a tip-off by my friend Dan Klosterman, who works in Hamilton College. He reports that his institution recently participated in a pretty awesome seminar entirely about podcasting and how podcasts bring the participatory philosophy of Web 2.0 to the classroom.

It’s organized by the New England MANE IT network, a Center for Educational Technology (CET) initiative, which is a regional center focusing on the New England and Mid-Atlantic area. CET works with 37 regional colleges to develop efficient and effective uses of technology for teaching, learning, and information management.

To show how far ahead they are, the CET has been offering blog creation and podcasting services for schools!

Here’s a sampling of their Nov 8th Podcasting Seminar:
9:00 – 9:15 am – Welcome, introductions (Amy McGill)
9:15 – 10:30 am – Podcasting in the Academy (Bryan Alexander, NITLE Director of Emerging Technologies) (the presentation file)
10:30 – 10:45 am – Break
10:45 – 12:30 noon – Creating, Disseminating and Accessing Podcasts for Instructional Use (Bryan Alexander; Mark Pearson, Earlham College; Bret Olsen, NITLE Instructional Technologist)
12:30 – 2:00 pm – Lunch at CET
2:00 – 4:30 pm – Podcasting Implementations: Experiments in Progress

Alex Chapin, Podcasting for Instructional Technology leaders (already podcast!) (Middlebury College)
James Fadden, resources on podcasting (Allegheny College)
Barbara Ganley, Podcasting in the Liberal Arts Classroom (Middlebury College)

MANE IT Leaders blog’s podcasting department
audio.weblogs.com / FeedBurner / iPodder / iTunes podcasting / m-audio / Odeo Create / Podcast.net / Podcast Network / Podcasting News / US copyright: the fair use law / Creative Commons

Readings
Gardner Campbell, “There’s Something in the Air:Podcasting in Education”
Alan Levine, “Internet Audio: Can You Hear/Talk to Me Now? Good.”
Bryan’s NITLE News article

First, if you wish to evangelize podcasting in your institution, take note of the MANE IT Network Blog. Second, if you wish to learn more about podcasting and videocasting in higher education you have to read this by Robin Good. Finally, if you’re located in the University at Buffalo (SUNY), do take a listen to Jim Milles’ “Check this out!” podcast about the world of law librarianship.