Posted by: radioblaster | May 8, 2011

readings: week 10

Panday, Prachi Parashar (2009) Simplifying Podcasting

i recall a few things from year 8. and i literally mean “a few”. i remember once i accidentally erased all the chase patterns and most of the programmed lighting sets i was doing for a school play. i then bailed on the next period because i had the teacher who was the plays’ director so i could skip without consequence. i successfully managed to reprogram most of the stuff. and another one i recall was discussing learning styles.

basically, people are either visual, auditory, read-write, or kinesthetic learners. of course there’s room for overlap, but lets not get too pent up in it.

visual learners are all like “show me how you do it, i’ll watch, then i’ll just copy what you did and learn that way”. in tasks that require strict guidelines to be followed and there are consequences for screwing up, i’m one of these people.

auditory learners are the ones who are like “tell me what to do and i’ll learn that way!”. if you tell me what to do, i’ll certainly listen, but there’s no guarantee i’ll use the information.

read-write learners are those who enjoy reading instruction manuals and documentation and lists of ideas and learn that way.  it’s always handy to have a manual around just in case you look at something and you’re greatly confused or concerned, but i don’t consider a manual the primary source for information most of the time.

finally, we have the kinesthetic learner, who does not give one single care about the above information and just does it. one who doesn’t care about breaking things, or screwing things up, or conforming with standards. i am one of these types.

i thought of this because this reading about podcasting, while not appealing to all of these types of learners, ends up incorporating all of this stuff in a manner. it’s a manual (read-write) illustrating (visual, in a textual basis) how people can use auditory learning (communicative and collaborative electronic learning, as it’s described) to really utilize podcasting to their advantage.

BUT THE BEST PART ABOUT IT IS, the pioneers of podcasting did it all by trial and error – diving in and seeing what happens!

i’m sure people who ask “i would like to read about the fundamentals of podcasting and their greater interactive role in the online community” would have enjoyed reading this and learning about these fundamentals.  they would have learned much about the social software and the advantages of auditory learning (use of emotion in particular) and how lecturers can utilize podcasting to use their lecture time more productively and provocatively.  they would have also enjoyed reading about the massive cycle of sharing that integrates podcasting with RSS feeds, the internet as a whole and the encouragement to start a podcast.

in my opinion? it’s not worth making a podcast unless you already have a solid fan base  who wants it.  i wouldn’t expect one listener if i made a weekly podcast like a diary entry.  i can make a twitter or a blog, which is much more advantageous to gain the fan base required.

i had no interest in this reading because i am a kinesthetic learner. i just dive in and do things. thats how i learned about web design. thats how i learned about RSS. that’s how i learned about blogging. that’s how i’ve learned about every single thing i’ve ever done.  there are exceptions for massive wiki-linking sessions where you seek out knowledge about a particular (friday night’s session was about abortion. i always wondered what they did with the fetuses….).

yes, i understand why this reading may be useful as a reference or resource, or even as a manual. but this didn’t appeal to kinesthetic learners like myself, who learned about podcasting through self directed learning.



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