The student run Foreign Language Podcasting Studio is the home to both French and German podcasting activities at University Park. Over a dozen sections of French utilized the Studio in the Fall 2006 semester.
Just one of the machines in the Foreign Language Podcasting Studio. The Studio is sponsored by TLT and managed locally by staff in the German Department. This relationship has increased podcasting in the department in ways we couldn't have done otherwise.
We are working with EMS and a University-wide committee to bring podcasting to the surface as a piece to the overall disaster planning process for Penn State. Administrators are beginning to see podcasting as a first step towards engaging students quickly and easily if there is a University closure.
This Spring we will be working with Dr. Kathlyn Brown, Assistant Professor of Communications at Penn State McKeesport to help redesign Communications 260W: News Paper Writing and Reporting.
The goal of this project is to provide students with the the skills sets, technology and real world experiences needed to become a “real-time street reporter.” Curriculum content will include supplementing and enhancing student driven content generated through journalistic participation including employing video and audio podcasting.
Additionally, students will be asked to articulate and evolve their understanding of how media shapes perceptions, and how the use of technology impacts socialization of the emerging ethical standards that will shape their professional practice as media participants in online communities. Finally, 260W students will have an opportunity to participate in the continuation of the McKeesport High School Civic and Community Engagement after school program.
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The weekly ETS Talk Podcast has been the number one podcast at Penn State for the last 2 months. Produced every Friday the ETS Talk Podcast focuses on projects and the thinking going on in and around ETS.
Something else surprising has been happening ... Colleges and other units have been creating a lot of Podcast Shows. These are either in support of academic activities or informational shows designed to extend the message of the unit. The Berks podcast, from Dean Brady, and Center for the Performing Arts all have popular podcasts available.
Over the last year, we have captured audio from ITS events and have made them available to the general public... essentially extending the reach of our organization in the process. By capturing events and the conversations around them we have been able to increase our visibility and explore how podcasting can be used to support a greater number of our audiences.
The other day I posted some thoughts about where we are heading with both our podcasting and the iTunes U projects here at Penn State University. I haven't gotten comments (other than 1), but I have gotten some email from people asking more about some stuff. One of the items we immediately set out to answer was the private and public content in the same iTunes U instance ... we discovered that thankfully you can do both from one space!
As an example, if you jump over to Duke University's School of Business you'll see something interesting ... when you click the link to launch iTunes U you'll notice you come into the site a couple of steps down the breadtrail. If you try to follow the breadtrail back out to the "main" Duke iTunes U space you are kicked back out the web to authenticate with your Duke credentials. That is very cool. It makes our lives on campus so much easier -- we get to run one instance and expose some materials we'd really like to share widely without putting our private content into the wrong hands. So, there is one question answered.