Comprehensive report by David Weinberger from 13 March lunch-time talk by John Mayer at the Berkman Centre at Harvard about the work of CALI (Centre for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction). The section on podcasting caught my eye, and reminded me of some things that Jim Farmer mentioned during a face-to-face discussion we had a few days ago. In summary:
- Podcasting lectures does not result in law students skipping lectures.
- Students who attend lectures listen to podcasts of the lectures they've been to.
- Lecturers listen to their own and each others' podcasts.
- Students listen to the podcasts of lecturers who are not teaching them, to get a different angle.
- A cheap and cheerful reporter's recording device - with a cheap lapel microphone and good data-compression, "tuned" to capture speech - is the best way to record, rather than using the microphone at the lectern.