Podcasts and indexing

Posted on September 26, 2007. Filed under: del.icio.us, education, future, indexing, lectures, podcasting, students, technology, universities, web 2.0, You Tube | Tags: |

Brian Kelly’s post “The Future As Today, But More So” started me wondering whether today’s university students, who audio/video record their lectures (or whose lecturers provide them with recordings) bother to take full handwritten notes. Perhaps it is down to the individual student and the quality of the recording/accessibility/reliability of the technology. If it was me I would probably store the videos on my PDA and make the odd handwritten note (probably on my PDA) – e.g. points I want to find out more about or questions I want answers for, any urls/references given by the lecturer that I want to look up etc.). I would want to be able to link my notes with the podcast file.  When it comes to assignment or revision time, is it more time consuming to revisit all the video/audio files, or to read through a load of ‘old-fashioned’ notes to find the piece that you want? Perhaps lecturers/students are tagging their videos, eg. within YouTube or del.icio.us? Or maybe they are using free web2.0 software that enables them to either manually or automatically index their videos? If not then is this something that we will see in the future?

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recording lectures generates many problems, which is why our formal advive to students here in leicester now includes the following:

Students sometimes wish to make audio recordings of teaching sessions for the purposes of aiding their note-taking. The School does not encourage this practice as reliance on recordings can detract from the development of effective note-taking. Furthermore, whilst you are strongly encouraged to reflect on your lectures in the hours or days following, going through a lecture again in real time often represents a very inefficient use of your time, particularly if the lecture needs to be transcribed at a later date. This is increasingly true as you progress further through the course.

Thanks Alan. It’s interesting that the University of Leicester is not encouraging students to record lectures. Bill Ashraf, a lecturer at Bradford University thinks that there is value in recording lectures and provides his students with video-podcasts. See the Guardian article “Lecturer adds value with iTunes”: http://education.guardian.co.uk/elearning/story/0,,1969517,00.html

Perhaps the solution is to stress the importance of effective note taking when receiving the lecture for the first time – whether it is live or podcast.


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