Teaching practices are changing and if you have any doubts about that ask your colleagues, you may be surprised at their responses regarding the innovative teaching practices they’re involved in.
Maree Montgomery is a great example of a teacher taking their teaching practice in a different direction in order to align their teaching style with the way their students wish to learn.
Maree, who teaches nursing in our Community Services & Health teaching department recently made contact with the Learning Innovation team to see what we could do to help her with podcasting, and in particular podcasting her classroom tutorials. What Maree needed was an easy way of recording herself while delivering her tutorials and an even easier way of providing it to her students post-recording; what to do?
The Learning Innovation team suggested she use an Easi-Speak MP3 recorder microphone to record her tutorials as it’s feature packed and very easy to use. Notable features include recording directly into the microphone, download your files straight to your PC through the USB connection and 128MB built-in memory that can record in WAV or MP3 formats.
An example of Maree’s podcast
Click here to listen to a small portion of Maree’s podcast, in this example she’s discussing Complex Care in Nursing.
You’ll notice that she has a really easy delivery style and while she has done a lot of practicing she has not gone back and ‘overdubbed’ or edited it in any way. If you’re contemplating podcasting take note of Maree’s easy delivery style. The more you think about your delivery the more you’ll want to tweak and play and that takes away the fun and immediacy of the recording- the thing that can make podcasting so appealing to your students (it also takes longer too- think cost).
Two methods of using podcasts in your teaching delivery
You may wish to podcast in two ways, both are great ways of adding blended learning to your teaching tool belt-
Recording your tutorials
This is perhaps the the most simple way of dipping your foot in the podcasting pool- just record yourself while you’re teaching in class, you will have a long audio file I agree but you can stop and start recording whenever you need to- think learning “chunks”.
Recording blended lessons
This is a really good way of mixing it up for both you and your students. You may have a portion of a journal or a article that you may have given to your students in class to read and also ask them to download your podcast that contains instructions on what to focus on; you may elaborate on certain sections of the article, you may pose questions that you wish them to discuss in the next class or you may ask them to make a post of your Moodle discussion board or forum. There are no “rules” when doing this- it’s just another, different way of providing information to your students.
What’s in it for me or my students?
A good question; this will help students who may not be good at taking notes, who may have absent from a lesson(s) and it may also help students with learning disabilities. remember with an audio file your students can play, rewind and then play the file again as often as they wish.
NB: It is considered good practice to let your students know you are recording the lesson.
If you’re contemplating podcasting or this post has raised your interest don’t dream it- try it! You may find your students respond to it and it may also invigorate you and your teaching practice too.
Good luck, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Team Leader, Learning Innovation