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Thing 5: Podcasts, videocasts and iTunes U: subscribing to multi-media content. from 23 Things for the Digital Professional by Jenny Delasalle
Lots of people have listened to or watched a podcast recording, but subscribing to a regular output is a different “thing”! So, Thing 5 asks you to subscribe to a podcast: there are plenty of scholarly podcast sources available. You can do this using your podcast “catching” or aggregating tool of choice, but instructions are provided for you to use iTunes. What is a podcast? Put simply, a podcast is a regular digital media publication which folks can subscribe to using podcast subscription tools on their computers or other mobile devices. However, there are more technical definitions of what is and is not a podcast, and you can read more about this on Wikipedia if you are interested. Read more about Podcasts on iTunes. And a videocast? Podcasts were originally mostly audio content, although many podcasts are videos these days, and ‘videocast’ is just another word used to describe a video podcast: a variety of terminology exists! The word ‘podcast’ is a term which is also sometimes used to describe ordinary online audio or video content which does not have a subscription element, although this is not a strictly correct use of the term. How do I do this “Thing”? iTunes is software that needs to be downloaded, to both manage and play podcast material, and I have chosen it for this course because of the wealth of high quality material available on iTunes U which cannot all be discovered or played on the open web. Follow the step by step instructions, or read below about some alternatives. Places to find podcasts: As an alternative to iTunes U, AcademicEarth also has a lot of University video materials available for download and subscription. There are plenty of other podcast sources available, including: • Nature • BMJ • BBC • Tools to manage podcast subscriptions: If you’re not using iTunes to manage your podcast subscriptions, you can use Google Reader for, eg Nature’s podcasts: on the Nature site there is a podcast icon which looks like the classic RSS feed icon, and clicking on this will take your through similar menus to the RSS feed subscription described in Thing 3. Another alternative way for you to subscribe to podcasts is through a smart phone, and the Google Listen app is one which you might like to explore, as a way of managing your podcast subscriptions on your phone. I wanna get involved: I have lots to say! This course doesn’t cover podcast creation but if you are keen on podcasts and want to start to create your own, then I recommend starting with the Apple instructions at: Explore a little further: Digital media in Arts and Humanities research Arts and Humanities scholars using or planning to use digital media in their research might be interested in the advice of Stephen Gray, University of Bristol who appears in this video on Cambridge University’s website: [...]

One Million Downloads for Warwick on iTunes U from David Morley by David Morley
[copyright: University of Warwick] Just picked this up from the Warwick University News and Events, so it's their story: Warwick has reached the digital milestone of one million downloads on its iTunesU channel. Since launching on the site fourteen months ago the University has firmly established its position as one of the leading high quality content providers on the service. iTunesU was first launched by Apple in 2007, intended as a place for higher education institutions the world over to upload video and audio content for public access. Content includes course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights, campus tours and much more. Warwick now has over 600 programmes available for free download on the Warwick channel, with video footage and audio recordings from across the faculties and student-generated content. A million downloads later… The biggest success story for Warwick so far has been the film "Shakespeare Found" which was about a recently discovered life portrait of Shakespeare and features an interview with Honorary Graduate Professor Stanley Wells. Made in collaboration with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the video had over 20,000 downloads in one weekend in March alone. Since then, the collaboration with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has continued and videos celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Bard's Sonnets and, more recently, Searching for Shakespeare: The Dig and The Documents with the Capital Centre's Professor Carol Rutter have been added to the collection. Chocolate-Powered Formula 3 Car Another massive success came from WMG's video of their environmentally sustainable formula 3 racing car, powered by waste products from the chocolate industry. This film became a worldwide success, topping the engineering channel and receiving the most downloads of anything on iTunesU in June 2009. Sex in the Ancient World Professor Peter Pormann's series "Classics in Discussion" has had a resurgence of interest this year and his podcast on "Sex in the Ancient World" has risen to number three in the total worldwide downloads chart. His series of includes topics such as the poetry of Homer, Graeco-Arabic Studies and Medicine and classical civilizations. Subject Highlights Professor David Morley's "Writing Challenges", set up to lead listeners through a series of creative writing exercises and designed to develop creativity and writing ability have become increasingly popular. They have generated, on average, around 2,000 downloads per week since they launched and have been followed up in 2010 with "Poetry Challenges" which aim to discover the inner poet in us all. In Health and Medicine, Peter Abraham's anatomy films using plastinated specimens were for most of 2009 never out of the top 2 Warwick downloads and in Mathematics Professor Ian Stewart's "Maths Challenges" have proved equally popular. Recently the Complexity Science Conference, ECCS ’09, held here at Warwick became the most popular download for Warwick's channel. The video caught the attention of the world due to its more than relevant topic: how to solve the current climate crisis. [...]

Someone elses tips for Audio from IoE e-learning by Nicola Wilkinson

Following the posts that I made last month about the use of podcasts and the ease with which they can be created I thought the posting of the following 10 Free Audio Programes for use in e-learning was interesting and some of the points I have made have been echoed.

Athough I would not go down the route of using some of the prorames mentioned it is good to know what else is available out there and see what other people are using to support students.

A Quick Guide to Podcasting from IoE e-learning by Nicola Wilkinson
First things first What is a podcast A podcasts history lives in the world of branding (specifically Apple), but essentially a podcast is a “chunk” of audio that the listener can download and listen to on their computer or MP3 player. This chunk of audio can range in length from a short snippet to something 5 minutes or longer and cover whatever you want. Why bother There are arguments both for and against Podcasts, including the pedagogical value of including a podcast in an educational context. In general podcasts are seen as: following a constructionist’s view of learning (where individuals construct their knowledge through observation, exploration and interpretation). Self paced learning aiding comprehension of difficult to grasp topics by offering the listener the ability to re-play the podcast, reinforcing learning providing mobile learning materials A podcast can also offer the ability to provide interviews on a subject that they are an expert in. This provides students with material that they would not be able to get any where else. Getting kitted Just record and go If you are a person with no time or technical ability with computers and the thought of having to navigate around audio applications, don’t feel you can’t use podcasts. An easy solution as an introduction is to borrow an audio recorder (USB connecting Dictaphone) from Chris Rose in the CeNTRE, press record and start talking. Okay there is a bit more to a podcast than that (see Ready Set Go...), but this method allows you to record the audio on a Dictaphone and then transfer it to the computer by USB. Once on the computer it is then possible to upload the file to the web for people to listen to. From your desk If you are at your desk there are a whole range of options that you can go for, but first things first; you will need a microphone and a piece of software to record the audio with. One of the most commonly uses tools for audio recording in Higher Education is Audacity . In order to record the audio, you need to have the microphone connected and working, Audacity or similar installed, and you should then be able to begin making podcasts. The following video gives a quick introduction to using audacity. Ready Set Go... Have you a plan Right your set – already to go and make audio recordings, but just wait one moment. What are you going to say? Some of the most successful podcasts are those where the person has thought about what they are going to say and do. So start making a plan... Have some form of introduction; tell the listener what the subject of the podcast is and what will be covered. Think of your podcast as being one of many on an MP3 player, if it’s not the one the listener thought they were going to listen to they can skip it quickly. Go on to the main section of the podcast – but don’t just ramble on. Make your points clear and interesting or you will lose your listener and they will skip to the next track on their player. Of course with a beginning and middle you will need an end. Sum up what you have just covered, reinforce what you want the listener to take away from the podcast. Obviously avoid having a script otherwise you podcast will sound artificial like an episode of the archers! Of course dependant on the middle your plan may change particularly if you are interviewing someone else. If you are interviewing you will need a list of questions to use, you will also need to ensure that you keep the interview on track and not let the interviewee wander with the subject ramble or rant (think Jeremy Paxman!) Recording Now you are ready to record, you have the kit you need and a plan - go on hit that red record button, but wait... are you in a suitable location to record audio? Is there a bus trundling past outside, someone being loud in the corridor – these things will be picked up on the audio file. Think of where you are and the time of day in which y[...]

Warwick Launches on Youtube EDU from Arts News - University of Warwick Library by Andrew Noble

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The University is building on its success with Warwick on iTunesU by launching a new YouTube presence as part of YouTube's higher education initiative, Youtube EDU. This new service brings together video content from universities around the world.

Click here for details


Little gems around the place from Contemplating the Frame by

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Thanks to the impending iTunes U thingy I’ve been trawling the nether regions of the Warwick website uncovering interesting audio and video files that have been published in academic departments. It’s largely interesting stuff but some of it is genuinely exciting. I won’t reference the stuff on Perspectives on the War on Terror as I knew about this one a long time ago ( you should go listen – it’s all in the Law site). However, I uncovered this on the Knowledge-sharing Communities and Networks site and it’s fascinating stuff:

Larry Prusak is a globally recognised authority in the field of knowledge management . He received the Lewin Award from Organization Science and Work Frontiers International has named him as one of the ten most admired knowledge leaders in the world. His books include Working Knowledge. See below for an audio recording of the talk.

It roves all over the shop but there are so many interesting ideas and perspectives that it is a great listen.

Warwick Digital Lab and the 'New Media' from Rob McGonigle on Internet Search & SMEs by Robert McGonigle

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I attended the recent training seminars at Rootes on Digital Media. Presented by University of Warwick, Urban Communications and Maverick Television this took us from adding podcasts & video directly into these Warwick Blogs to the new IPTV channel Ideas for Life.

Debates broke out about the quality of new media. There is a lot of rubbish out there but loads of really creative stuff too. The reduced costs of production and publishing has empowered many talented people who would never have seen the inside of a BBC studio in the past. The interactivity requirement for the ‘new media’ tag was also questioned but the 606 Rant Line shows that everyone can podcast if the tools are made available.

(image) The real message was to encourage academics at Warwick to take advantage of the new media to narrowcast their research findings using these new channels including

One of the functions of WMG’s new Warwick Digital Laboratory, to open this summer, is to host technology demonstrators and showcases. It will also be a centre for research capabilities and knowledge transfer. We should ensure that the simple ability to record audio and video content is a seamless part of this new resource. Not leading edge technology but easy ways to record and broadcast the demonstrators, showcases, case studies and people that will make the WDL an exciting place to work & visit.

Just who is Dylan Owen? from Contemplating the Frame by
Writing about web page Anyone who has listned to some of the recent podcasts would have heard me attribute music to Dylan Owen. Dylan is my Uncle and I’ve been borrowing some nice instrumentals from him for the podcasts. He’s long established on the music scene in the North West and you can check out stuff his MySpace page above. He doesn’t just do guitar noodling but he’s a great singer songwriter. Since he’s been lending me tracks it’s probably worth me pimping some more of his stuff. So, here are a few personal favourites – info on CD’s and gigs can be found at The Lager Lout and the Sociologist: Clever Car Mechanic: Bengie Dog: [...]

PodCastAwards from Contemplating the Frame by

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I don’t often do this but here’s a little plea for some assistance.

It’s Podcast Awards time and it would be just fab if a few people felt the urge to nominate Warwick Podcasts in the Education category.

Only if you want to, of course…

Go on, make my day and THANKS in advance.

And straight in at number 25 (or number 3 depending on the list) from Contemplating the Frame by

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Why Beauty is Truth is currently hovering around the number 3 slot in the HE podcast iTunes chart and the number 25 slot on the Education charts. This is the first time we’ve broken into the top 25 of the Education charts – so kudos to Ian Stewart there.

I used to hate the whole notion of league tables, but now I am obsessed with that particular one.

Now I know how the Sugababes feel!

In praise of second place from Contemplating the Frame by

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So, we went to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations annual awards dinner last night. Warwick Podcasts, having won the Gold at the regional awards, was up for a gong in the Best Use of New Media blah blah blah.

We got Highly Recommended – which is pretty much 2nd place. Now, considering the 13,000 overall entries that’s not too shabby.

So I am now in possession of a shiny certificate which we can hang up on one of the non-existent walls in the communications office.

BTW – we were beaten by a goat in deely boppers. Happens to me all the time.

Will@Warwick - new Shakespeare podcast from Contemplating the Frame by

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Following on from the History of Symmetry comes the other podcast project I have been working on – Will@Warwick. This is a podcast drawing on Shakespeare research from across the University, bringing in insights from other experts and hopefully providing interesting insights into the works.

The first episode revisits the interview with Jonathan Bate on the Complete Works and also features an interview by Dominic Dean with the American artist Greg Wyatt who is the sculptor responsible for the statues in the New Place garden in Stratford upon Avon.

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Future episodes will feature:

Lenny Henry and Barrie Rutter on Othello
Producing Shakespeare for the German theatre
Peter Kirwan on bardathon
Self-help and Shakespeare

And much much more!

Cholesterol busting statins and blood pressure from Warwick University Media Log by

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Professor Franco Cappuccio from Warwick Medical School talks about his recent research into the effects of cholesterol busting statins on blood pressure.

Length: 27 minutes

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What is cholesterol
Good and bad cholesterol
Dangers of high cholesterol
How can we fight it
What is a statin and how are they given to patients
Are cholesterol levels and high blood pressure often related
Why do statins reduce blood pressure
Quantify effects of statins compared with antihypertensive drugs
Are there any risks with statins
Have you any plans for future studies
Success of statins and antihypertensives as treatments

Warwick students to power space satellite from Warwick University Media Log by

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Bill Crofts and student, Kennith Leong, talk about the project they are involved in to design and build power supply systems for a moon orbiting satellite planned for launch by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2011.

Length: 26 minutes

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Background about the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) mission proposed by the Student Space Exploration & Technology Initiative (SSETI)
What Warwick students are working on
Technology involved
Challenges that have been faced
Sponsorship and taking equipment into live space missions
Timescales involved in this project and propulsion methods
Warwick students’ involvement in the future
The purpose of the satellite’s mission
The American satellite, ASMO and NASA’s interest
What will happen to the satellite after its mission
What the students gain from the project and its aims
Kennith’s view on the student experience
Future engineering projects
Space exploration, what’s next
Brief overview and summary of the opportunities this project offers to students

Metal-containing molecules and DNA from Warwick University Media Log by

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PhD student, Adair Richards, and Professor Alison Rodger from the Molecular Organisation and Assembly in Cells Doctoral Training Centre (MOAC) talk about their work and recent article about binding metal-containing molecules to DNA.

Length: 20 minutes

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Introduction to MOAC
What is DNA
How do you make metalomolecules interact with DNA
What are you aiming to achieve
Talk about your current research
Will your methods help to reduce resistance to drugs
What was your article about
Any key areas that this will affect, in medicine
How long before your techniques are developed into mainstream applications
What are the risks involved
Can we do anything on a practical level to fight drug resistance
Is this a costly process
Summary of the work on DNA in MOAC

Perceptions of body image from Warwick University Media Log by

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Karen Throsby from The University of Warwick’s Sociology Department talks about the relationships between gender and body image as well as cosmetic and weight loss surgery in the light of the recent Radio 1 survey on the topic.

Length: 18 minutes

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Do you think the results of Radio 1’s survey were surprising
Why is there confusion over how people should perceive their own bodies
What reasons are there for the recent focus on weight, in particular
Who is driving this focus
Increasingly, men are becoming conerned about their bodies
The psychological and physical motivators behind different types of surgery
Acceptance of cosmetic surgery, differences between that and weight loss surgery
Commercial factors influencing surgery
How can we help people to be more comfortable with body image and appearance

Warwick Podcasts - that's 'The Award Winning Warwick Podcasts' from Contemplating the Frame by

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Following on from the 05/06 win for Warwick Blogs I am pleased as punch that Warwick Podcasts has now been awarded a gong in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards 2006/07 for use of Photography, Design or New Media.

Unfortunatley due to adverse weather condition we didn’t get to the awards ceremony on Friday so only found out this morning. As such I would like to say my thanks here:

Thanks to all the academics and others who have taken part in the podcasts – it’s been a genuinely fascinating project and I have enjoyed learning about such a wide range of subjects.

Also, thanks to all the people listening to Warwick Podcasts, especially those who have taken the trouble to email me to give feedback and support.

And a big thanks to eLab and in particular messers Chris May and Mat Mannion, the former for not telling me to go away when intially discussing the idea and coming up with a great publishing tool, and the latter for keeping said publishing tool going and being a great advocate for the service.

Here’s to 07/08!

Religion and public office from Warwick University Media Log by

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Professor Roger Trigg talks about the relationship between faith, religion and public office. Should we make a clear distintion between public office and private belief?

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Should faith be privatised
Why do we struggle to discuss this
Does removing faith leave a moral or ethical vacuum
Can we reconcile tradition and pluralism in society
Does the status of the Church of England weaken the status of other religions
Should we have a register of philosophical interests
Should faith be more vocal on key issues
Does not listening to religious opinion force people into extremism
Do we have a fear of theocratic states
Is this a case of absolutism vs relativism
Is our democracy founded on the authority of God or the People
Can we have a separation between public service and private faith

Green Chemistry from Warwick University Media Log by

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Professor James Clark from The University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence talks about sustainable chemistry, current areas of research and how it impacts on our day to day lives and the environment.

Length: 26 minutes

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What is Green Chemistry, what does the Centre do
What are Green Chemistry’s goals
Give some examples of Green Chemistry already out there
Current areas of research at the Centre
New types of fuels
Mainstream uptake of these technologies
Further examples relevant to the general public
What targets should we aim to achieve with Green Chemistry
Most significant area of environmental concern that will be addressed by Green Chemistry
Should we be looking at other ‘Green’ sciences
Is the popularity or economics an issue for Green Chemistry
How will you get the message across to people

Metal ring round white dwarf solves missing planets puzzle from Warwick University Media Log by

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Dr Boris Gänsicke and Professor Tom Marsh from The University of Warwick’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Group within the Department of Physics talk about their recent discovery of a metal rich gas disc around a white dwarf in the Virgo constellation.

Length: 16 minutes

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What does the Astronomy and Astrophysics group do
Recent discovery of a metal rich gas disc around a white dwarf in the Virgo constellation
How does this relate to an apparent lack of planets around white dwarfs
How white dwarfs are formed
The planet that caused the disruption of the asteroid
The Earth’s fate in 5 to 8 billion years
Implications of the discovery for our own Solar System
Why is the system so rare
Does this have any bearing on the question of life on other planets
Next stage of the white dwarf’s life
Further research on the star
What will happen to the metal rich disc