Tuesday, April 08, 2008

MP3 for distance education


We had some time to experiment with podcast production with a small mobile Creative MP3 player 11/27/06. That was one and a half year ago.

In the podcast Doinita, Ferran and Helge are talking about education and research. I like to point out that this and the previous recording from Helsinki IST 2006 are experiments with very small and low-cost devices.

We wanted to experiment and explore how we could create time and location shifted content that could be expanded into various learning processes to support people on the move.
  • http://www.digitalvillages.net/podcast/November/IST_Helsinki_2006_Recording.mp3
  • Published 27-Nov-2006 14:11
  • The User Generated Content is 12.6M
  • Artists: Doinita, Ferran, The Supercomputer man and Helge
  • Listen to the podcast MP3
Examples:
  • Distance learning of truck drivers who on the road
  • University professors podcasting lectures to their students and they can listen while they are on the bus or exercising
  • Distance learning of people downloading MP3's at Internet Cafés
  • Low-cost MP3 players / recorders are now (2006) available to prices starting at 30 euro
  • On-demand, time and location shifting, low-cost eLearning
We also discussed, how mobile phones / devices could be used for education. Our example is all about how to apply existing low-cost tools; no need to create massive eLearning portals. New tools and technologies can be used to do things with small budgets. There are unlimited possibilities.

An US based company delivered 2 500 iPods for its work force. The idea being that employees can listen to corporate training and product information while driving to work or returning back home. The mobile workers, sales personnel and customer support people are trained while on the road. Employees can also create own podcasts and send them back as feedback.

What do you think? What more could be done? In smart phones we also have cameras and the possibility to respond with SMS and MMS. eLearning to the masses is soon available to the common man / woman as the information can be carried in the pocket.

I did record the complete workshop and there is a lot of material to be edited. The distance of the MP3 recorder to the speakers was quite long and the quality isn't very good. I'm not yet sure if it's worth wile to publish the material. I might just take out some of the sections and produce a podcast mash-up. Let's see what it soudns like. But that will be available later this week.

A better voice quality can be achieved with digital stereo recorders with a price tag of 500 euros, but our experiment underlines the possibilities given to innovative teachers and educators who just want to use very low-cost devices. The editing can be made by Free programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. I use Audacity.


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Helge V. Keitel
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