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Skipping class has never been so convenient…

As i sit here typing, i am looking out of the window onto the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Tennessee: a very great distance away from UNLV, from building CEB, room 207.  I am supposed to be in that room later today, and because of pod-casting, i can be.  Though i am physically missing class, i know that after listening to the lecture cast, i’ll be as caught up as if i were actually there.  Any one who opposes the benefits of pod-casting lectures doesn’t know what it’s like to be a college student: or simply doesn’t remember.

The article “Professor in Your Pocket” does well at presenting both sides of the argument.  As i student, i mostly see pod-casting lectures as a brilliant idea, as something that students will get A LOT of use out of!  I agree with the opposition that students who habitually miss class and opt for the pod-cast instead are missing a lot of the experience.  But, when i look around at the empty seats in my classes, i realize that students don’t like to come to class.  This has been a strange phenomenon to me: why pay so much for tuition if you make a conscious choice to constantly skip class? But something amazing is growing in popularity– instructors posting an audio clip of their lectures gives otherwise slackers the opportunity to “be there” with out actually “being there.”

I think that the article jumps too far when it asks if ivy-covered lecture halls become as obsolete as the typewriter? This question is just as absurd as the prediction that fans will no longer go to concerts, watching live performances on AOL instead.  Come on.  There is something magical when going to a concert, feeling the bass of the subwoofers vibrate your clothes, singing meaningful lyrics in unison with a passionate crowd, a crowd that you know has listened religiously to the same c.d. you have, the bond, the connection of the band to the crowd…the appreciation and love the crowd gives to the band…these are NOT things that could ever be transferred through a media like pod-casting.  I think that this concept is true for higher education lectures as well.  (Though perhaps not in core classes, where students keep a vigilant eye on the clock), there is something magical as well in the connection between a professor and his students in deep discussion. 

As usual, I find value in both arguments.  Though the format might be one that students love, i disagree with students using pod-casting as a substitute for going to class.  But as a college student, i know the ache of dragging myself out of a warm, comfortable bed in the early morning after a late night of fun or study, only to face morning traffic, and a brutally boring lecture.   I see nothing wrong with students opting to listen to a lecture at their own convenience, at a time when they will be more in tuned anyway.  But i can’t see this new media replacing the setting of a classroom that higher education can provide.

At the end of the day, i will be tuning into my class.  And though I won’t be there to contribute to the discussion, upon my return i will be a lot less clueless.

Repond to the Newsweek article we read about podcasting and its place in the university. In what ways do you envision new media, blogs, and pod/lecturecasting affecting the academy in the future? Evaluate these effects.”

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  1. * oqm(iv) says:

    Well written, per usual. Hope TN is nice!
    ~oqm(iv)

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 4 months ago
  2. * Wilfredo says:

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    | Reply Posted 3 years, 4 months ago


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