06 October 2009

Turn on your iPod and learn

Some of you have already seen this article the link to which I posted on Facebook last week. It is good, it is cautious not to make overtly bold statements. The idea is quite basic, actually: the more ways of accessing information we use, the more likely we are to be able to assimilate it. The idea of podcasts is not new. I just came back from seeing a friend of mine in one of the Welsh universities; all the lectures there are vodcasted (taped on video and uploaded on the equivalent of our Moodle). The conclusion: each of us should play with as many toys as possible to find those which appeal to us the most; and do not be afraid to start using new ones time to time leaving behind some old ones.



  1. I am keen to try new gadgets for acessing, storing and processing data. I am a techie kind of person and I love to learn about new gadgets and gizmo's. Whilst some do make life easier (like my IPAQ for my shopping lists) and some just hinder (can't think of one at the moment!!) I do find it important that the 'old' methods should not be lost.....left behind maybe, but never forgotten. We should keep in mind and never disregard the pen, paper, calculator and books that many have replaced with computers, blackberries, spreadsheets, IPOD apps and e-resource.


  2. That's interesting )) when I was making notes for the tomorrow's class, I took a pen and sheet of paper. You are right, there is no point in loosing what's actually still can serve us well. Pen and paper are like books - sometimes they are the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to find what we are looking for.

  3. I have had technology forced upon me in a fashion and for the most part I try to embrace it wholeheartedly. I have never been any good with technology so when I do get to grips with and master gadgets and e-resources I celebrate! I am happiest with a pen and paper and a book, but I am warming to the idea of databases, e-resources and the internet as a form of media for research - particularly in light of the lit review which we're doing for you, Ihar. You never know, if my success keeps on happening, I could become a bona fide champion in support of e-learning.

  4. Well, actually, Claire, while I am wholeheartedly in favour of e-learning, I am cautious not to loose the best what we've inherited, e.g. books, printed newspapers etc. I just use what I like and am comfortable with... unless I am forced to move to something else which sometimes happens. The best example is newspaper articles - it'd be nightmare to find something with Google, especially if there is no free access to the content; then databases become a real salvation. However, a successful researcher is equally comfortable with a variety of info sources which only comes with experience - with allowing oneself time to learn, play, discover etc - and to enjoy all of it ))