Discover Podcasting & Vodcasting
“How about YOU?”
So said one of my PowerPoint slides, as I threw out this challenge at the librarians attending my course on podcasting and vodcasting last tuesday.
By then, they had already learnt what podcasts (and vodcasts) were, how to find podcasts, how to subscribe to podcasts in iTunes, how to create a podcast using Audacity and ClickCaster, and how to upload a video clip to YouTube.
But learning about podcasts and vodcasts and YouTube videos, or even knowing how to create them, wasn’t quite enough – I wanted to encourage and inspire at least a few of them to actually go out and do something, to create something, whether on their own or with colleagues. Not an easy thing to accomplish in a 4-hour session, especially where most of them didn’t know what a podcast was when they stepped into the room.
Thus that challenge for them to go out and do something.
To help them a step further, we did a sort of sticky-storming activity – we got all of them to come up with podcast or vodcast ideas, write down each idea on a sticky note, and paste them on the wall. When everyone had their ideas stuck on the wall, they would look through the ideas and put a marking on those ideas they found interesting. The most interesting ideas would then have the most markings. (I’ll post photos of this activity as soon as I have access to them.)
When that activity was done, I asked the librarians if any of them would be interested in committing some time or effort in doing a podcast or vodcast. One lady raised her hand enthusiastically. Sensing their reticence, I asked the rest who were interested just to nod their heads as an indication, and many did – many more than I hoped for, which was really encouraging.
The compiled evaluation from the participants, which came in earlier today, was encouraging as well. Here are the compiled comments:
Practical work – setting up podcast (6)
The relative informal way the course was conducted was refreshing. The topics were new to us therefore novel and interesting.
Various examples given.
The topic is interesting.
The video shown stimulated interest in subject.
More on what types/categories of information available in podcast/vodcast.
Step by step written guide from software to recording and posting.
Examples of joint work, where not everyone was accessing same links.
Well conducted course. Short and sweet.
And for those who like numbers, the average subject score was 4.5 out of 5, and the average trainer score was 4.6 out of 5. Librarians are so generous!
Anyway, now that some of the groundwork has been laid, and with some interest coming from the ground, I hope to see some interesting “new media” projects coming out of NLB in the near future.