Shattered Sphere

Podcast SiteNow that the school holidays are here, I have time to explore some online areas I’ve heard about. One space I played in last night was the Podcast and Video Podcast areas at the Apple Music store. One thing I didn’t know is that most of them are free downloads. The second thing I didn’t know is that podcasts are becoming source of both main stream and alternative media.

Not that we deserve it, but we do have one of the new video iPods, and we’re rather impressed by the image quality of the videos. I might even buy some shows to watch on my next flight.

Of course, as we get more used to our favorite radio and TV shows on our iPods or computers (or TVs with media center PCs), will that have any effect on education? Maybe not. Or, will some faculty begin to share lecture and presentation content via Podcasts. Some are already, of course, but is this going to jump the gap and go mainstream someday?

How would the typical class change if more of the faculty-specific content was delivered on-demand at-home and more of the classwork was devoted to process (discussing and creating). I don’t know if this would be effective for the majority of students, but the concept of “reversing” the role of homework and classwork is interesting. It may also lead to changes in the way that we see faculty as content creators, and the implications of copyright and re-use thereof.

I’ll be gone the rest of this week– off to a yurt on the Oregon coast. I’m certain we’ll have rain, wind and cold as we huddle as a family in our 16 foot circle. Sure, I know it sounds like a psych experiment gone bad…

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