Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Podcasting has no 'inherent' value, but no technology has 'inherent' value.
Campus Technology 2007 reports "Consensus: Podcasting Has No 'Inherent' Pedagogic Value." What is cited is a report by Ashley Deal from Carnegie Mellon: Podcasting: A Teaching with Technology White Paper, June 4, 2007. Reporter Paul McClosky states "Podcasting does not contain any inherent value. It is only valuable inasmuch as it helps the instructor and students reach their educational goals, by facilitating thoughtful, engaging learning activities that are designed to work in support of those goals." However, far from being negative and suggesting that all of us throw out our podcasts and give up, we are reminded that we need to first define our learning goals, then design technology to enhance or reach these goals.