With the Open University claiming a world record for the number of iTunes U downloads as the first to reach 20 million earlier this year, we asked a panel of practitioners to discuss possibilities and barriers to use of podcasting in education.
The panel chair is Bill Ashraf, Director of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Sussex and a FOTE veteran, having been to all previous conference as a delegate and speaker. He is currently heading up the strategy at Sussex for e-learning, student facing educational support technology and is the “owner” of the VLE. He has ‘Apple distinguished educator’ status and was a finalist for The Times Higher 2006 awards for the ‘most imaginative use of technology in distance learning’. You can follow Bill on Twitter: @billash01
He’ll be joined by James Clay who has been passionate about the use of learning technologies to enhance and enrich the learning experience since 1991. He has used, developed, managed and inspired others in a range of technologies, from DTP, CD-ROM, mobile devices, the internet, the VLE, the MLE, mobile learning through to Web 2.0. We are thrilled to welcome James back after his riveting talk on the ‘Future of Learning’ at FOTE09′ he‘s not only joining the panel but will also deliver a keynote entitled ‘The iPad is the future of reading!’, the most commented guest post on this year’s blog thus far.
Sally Hanford is currently part of the Learning Innovation Team at the University of Nottingham. Prior to this she has worked in the IT systems section of Information Services at the university since 1999.
Her role includes responsibility for the university’s video streaming service (including support for the live webcasting of events since 2002), and the introduction of systems to enable staff to publish their own media content.
She managed the recent launches of the University of Nottingham on iTunes U and the university’s YouTube Edu channel, along with a pilot video.nottingham service for user generated content (which utilises ULCC’s managed media service).
Sally is actively involved in the Steeple and Opencast communities, and has a wider interest in the future of online video, in particular the opportunities and challenges presented by open source software, technology convergence, shared services and cloud computing.
Liam J. Hayter runs RaveMedia at Ravensbourne delivering briefs for commercial clients, including The O2. RaveMedia connects clients to the very best of the colleges talent, providing freelancing opportunities for students, staff and graduates. His official job title is Technologies and Production Manager which ticks most of the boxes.
He is part of the team setting up iTunes U for the college, and also provides technical training and development for the ERDF supported Business Incubation Centre, mostly centred around video and cloud applications. Liam graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2003 and has spent the last 7 years working in digital media.
An experienced adviser and qualified teacher, Sarah Sherman has been working in the field e-learning, providing strategic advice about its implementation and development, for nearly ten years.
In her role as e-Learning Adviser (HE) at JISC RSC London, she developed and delivered training events for technical and academic staff, and supported the use of e-learning and learning technologies to support learning and teaching. Since 2007, Sarah has been managing the Bloomsbury Learning Environment – a collaborative e-learning service shared by five University of London Colleges (Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College and SOAS).
The service comprises an impressive portfolio of shared facilities including a VLE (Blackboard), virtual classroom software (Elluminate) and lecture-capture software (Echo360). In 2008, Sarah managed a JISC-funded project exploring the use of collaborative online tools (e.g. GoogleDocs) to support learning, teaching, research and administration to enhance the use of ICT. Currently, Sarah is managing the Bloomsbury Media Cloud project, which is focused on the creation, development, storage and delivery of media content.