Podcasting, webcasting

The podcast discussion of the Web 2.0 class was very short. But the readings and short discussion were interesting. From the survey result from the slides below, most podcasters are male, just like Wikipedia or Wikibooks.

#5 Mocigemba, Dennis, & Riechmann, Gerald (2007, July). International Podcastersurvey: Podcasters – who they are. How and why they do it. Retrieved July 30, 2007, from http://podcastersurvey.com/ipcs07.pdf

I think to some extent, podcasts have greater barriers to entry for most people. And males tend to have higher self-efficacy in technology/ computers. It may not be complicated to record podcasts, but the editing and sharing parts can overwhelm people who have lower sense of efficacy in technology (compared with blogs)!

The other interesting thing is that even podcasts allow users to download the episodes to their iPod or mp3 players, most people use laptops or desktops to listen to podcasts!! – The reason may be – most people don’t sychronous their iPod with their computers or don’t do this open enough to get daily episodes.

For the undergradute class I teach, students have options to create blogs, wikis, podcast, or videos. Most people choose to create videos with others, some people choose to do blogs with one project partner or alone, about 1 out of 6 groups choosing to create a podcast. (Most of them did a great job!!)

What kind of podcasts people would love to listen to? I think it depends on people’s needs and their motivations to listen to a podcast. For some language learners, podcasts are really wonderful tools, which allow them to practice listening. There are some good programs for language learners.

For me personally, I would appreciate one short and precise/ interesting fact, story, application every day. This is the podcast I shared in class:

Here is the weekly podcast “60-second psych“. You can subscribe it through RSS or iTunes. http://www.sciam.com/podcast/podcasts.cfm?type=60-second-psych
Example: sep – 29 – 2008 Business, Lies and Email
New research finds that business students lie more often in e-mail than when communicating using pen and paper. Christie Nicholson reports

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