[Athen] IS PODCASTING JUST A NEW FAD OR IS IT A NEW LEARNING TOOL?
Prof Norm Coombs
norm.coombs at gmail.com
Mon Jul 16 12:00:50 PDT 2007
Podcasts, Vodcasts and Universal Design
EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) is providing a 4-week
series of 4 Webinars on Podcasts, Vodcasts and the Application of Universal
Design. EASI's first concern is how to make them accessible for users with
disabilities, but we are convinced that this is truly one time that
accessibility also enhances the experience for EVERYONE!
Podcasting and now Vodcasting are becoming popular as a new way to
distribute educational content. One of the questions being asked is
whether these are just a passing fad or are they a new learning tool. In
part, the answer depends on where they are used and even more on how they
are designed. It is possible to use these new dissemination tools in ways
that truly enhance learning for all.
WHY SHOULD I PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTIONS OF MY PODCASTS OR VODCASTS?
Providing transcriptions and/or synchronized captions for them is much more
useful than only making the content available to users who have visual or
hearing impairments. They are important ingredients in transforming
Podcasts and Vodcasts from being merely entertainment and making them into
learning experiences. The really useful aspect of Podcasts and Vodcasts is
the ability to play them on portable, personal devices letting the user
access them anywhere and at any time. However, without the addition of
being able to get a transcription, the Podcast or Vodcast can become a
largely passive experience with much of the content being lost when the
user finishes playing them. A transcription enables the user to interact
with the content by underlining, and adding personal comments, questions
Obviously these same transcriptions opens up access to the content for
students with various disabilities. Yet, the truth is that providing a
transcription is crucial in order to turn Podcasts and Vodcasts into tools
for dissemination of educational content.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS 4-PART WEBINAR SERIES?
You can read about this 4-part Webinar series provided twice, once in
August and again in September, and also register for the fee-based series at:
EASI'S 3 PODCAST FEEDS
EASI has been providing Podcasts for several months now. There are 3
different feeds with episodes being posted every 2-3 weeks to each. They are:
IT Tips and Tricks
It's About People Not Technology
Recorded Presentations from Accessibility Conferences
you can read more and join any of these Podcast feeds at:
You can email EASI at:
easi.easi at gmail.com
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EASI 4-part Webinar Series in August: Creating Accessible Podcasts and Vodcasts
EASI August Courses: Train the Trainer and Accessible Multimedia
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