Sloan-C Online Workshop on
Web 2.0 in Higher Education

Slideshare and Slidecasting "Assignment"

One example of a Web 2.0 application that can easily be used in online teaching is Slideshare - see:

http://www.slideshare.net/

Note that "SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations on the web."  Members can upload their presentations (largely in PowerPoint format), and then tag them with useful terms.  You then can search the site for presentations - and you can view the presentations online in Flash format, or you even can download the original to your local computer.  To try this out, search for a presentation on Web 2.0, or on something relevant to your own academic interests.

One great feature of Slideshare is called "slidecasting", which basically combines a presentation and an audio track (in mp3 format) to create a self-running narrated presentation - much like one can do with Impatica or Breeze.  Except that it is completely free!

Rather than explain how to create a slidecast, it is simply easier to refer you to a slidecast about (you guessed it) slidecasting, which was created by Jonathan Boutelle, one of the founders of Slideshare.net .  See:

http://www.slideshare.net/jboutelle/slidecasting-101

As an example of all this, the introductory presentation that Ray and Burks created using Impatica was also turned into a slidecast - see:

http://www.slideshare.net/burkso2/web-20-intro-14-oct09

And Burks previously created a slidecast about Web 2.0 and academic continuity, which is very relevant to the current Sloan-C online workshop about Web 2.0.  See:

http://www.slideshare.net/burkso2/copel-oakley-16-nov07

If you are interested in pursuing this, go to the slideshare.net site and create a free account.  Then login, and follow the instructions provided in Jonathan Boutelle's slidecast about slidecasting.  Post a link to your slidecast in the Moodle discussion forum for the workshop.

If you have any questions, please post them to the Moodle discussion forum.  Good luck!


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last updated 1 October 2009