I attended a UCL Teaching and Learning Network session on podcasts yesterday. Before I get on to podcasts I’d like to mention the impressive attendence – about 30-40 with around half teaching staff. We need to give some thought to this – do we try and do something similar here or join in with UCL – the offer is there.

The format, for those not familiar, is a monthly event in a fixed time slot and location with an online presence to support it (open guest login). The sessions themselves are two hours with presentations and group discussion. Recent topics covered include tools for collaborative teaching & learning, Moodle, & student information literacy.

A bit on podcasts

The session focussed on ‘pure’ podacsts, i.e. audio + RSS with a general “what is / how to” presentation followed by a look at examples of education-related podcasts.

The following discussion was wide ranging and covered issues of quality, copyright & IP, as well as the usefulness (or not) of audio-only lecture recordings when navigating them is so difficult. For now, with the exception of a few individual enthusiasts, it seems more likely that UCL will be following the route of Warwick and Imperial to concentrate on a few top quality podcasts of public lectures and the like: