The podcasting workshop on 6 June was a big success. See the two podcasts I posted to my podOmatic site for an interview with Antonio Barriga Rubio, the organiser, and feedback collected from participants at the end. This was a pre-run of material that will form part of our new training provision for staff in the Autumn, so it was quite nice to gauge the response to the group activity I designed.
The E-learning Team has also been active in the Podcasting for Pedagogic Purpose Special Interest Group, and I gave a little reflective contribution on dissemination of good practice at the meeting last Wednesday. Key factors in making the workshop a success include hands-on experience (which empowered staff and made them realise they can do it), a wide range of examples (which demonstrated that podcasting is much more than just recording lectures and putting them online), and enthusiasm of all three presenters (Antonio, Carol Comer of University of Chester, and myself).
The aim was for staff to go out and use podcasting in creative and pedagogically-effective ways. I think we achieved that. A critical mass of creative ideas sparking off each other tends to spin outward and cascade down to eventually affect the mainstream of academic practice – our long-term aim.