1 Podcasts
Podcasts of the talks are are available via the Steeple Website in the Video and Audio Podcast panel, to the bottom right of the page.
 2 Notes
Some notes on Beyond Walls 2009!
Notes on roundtable.
 2.1 Peter Scott, OU KMI
Shifted 50TB of data so far, via Amazon S3.
Do consider joining in with networks: Steeple, iCoper, Stellar
 2.2 Peter Robinson, OUCS
Key message: Open Access to Open content
Prof Sir Ron Cooke (Chair of JISC Board, 2008): "UK lagging behind Europe, and the US, in terms of open learning resources."
Building repositories alone doesn't work: People don't come. Repositories need to be specific, e.g. specific to subjects, relevant to academics.
Peter shows his famous fresher's survey:
- 95% of freshers are on facebook
- mp3 player getting up to 75%
- laptops 91%
Basically Oxford didn't have any content ... or did they? Peter had to start looking round the University, and a lot of content emerged, that was 'buries' on departmental websites.
Straight away started having learning training sessions - project legals hadn't been determined, Apple couldn't be mentioned etc etc, but still have training sessions, get people on board.
Need to empower people as quickly as possible to deliver their own content.
Often content (such as medieval lectures) are amazingly popular - confounding expectations.
Why do people get involved in projects? Hall (2001) suggests four main reasons:
- Personal need
- (Tangible) reward
Decision to put people's faces onto the album covers (Bjoern: This is a very cool decision to make. It really emphasises that there are real people behind this. But, very importantly, it also gives credit to the producers, it acknowledges them for their work, encouraging them to do more, and make the activities sustainable.)
The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric Raymond
The big question: How can we move forward together?
 2.3 Podcasting people: Stories and experiences from real life podcasts
Conference participants are invited to briefly give their stories.
Graham McElearney, Sheffield Hallam.
Simon, Oxford: Had a lot of materials from an exhibition, and it seemed a shame to not make this exhibition 'permanent' in some way. So got an AV guy to turn up, and Simon talked through the various exhibits. From the podcasts, they got some interest from somebody wanting to do a summer project.
Stuart Lee, Oxford: Initially started podcasting to support their students. When they put out his lectures, he started getting all sorts of feedback from people, as to how they were listening to them.
Rob Total, University of Warwick. Also getting students involved now, with very good results.
Simon Davis, Leeds. Need to make it easy for people to get their content out.
Andrew MIddleton, Sheffied Hallam. Podcasting with journalism students. Using podcasting as a driver in their assignments.
Will Stuart, Univ of Bradford. Interactive podcasts, where students are presented with scenarios, and students then have to engage and respond to the podcast.
Tom Hayes, TCD.
Nick Short, Royal Vet College.
Oliver Lewis, Oxford.
Richard Scrace. How do you best put the information out?
(Bjoern: Sorry, didn't catch all that ...)
Lynne O'Brien, Duke University. Students who produce students as targeted assigments (e.g. summarising their course work) comment that doing the podcast is as valuable to them as writing a longer piece on paper. Lecture recordings: Some lecturers are shifting didactic activities from lectures to podcasts (Bjoern: Completely agree on both points. There are great potentials for students to deepen their learning by engaging with their learning in different ways, such as podcasts. Regarding lectures: In my view a paradigm shift will happen, where a lot of face-to-face giving of lectures will change. My favourite reference to their is Warwicks Steps into Analysis project years ago. This didn't involve podcasting at all, but it re-evaluated the value of lectures vs. more self-guided learning and tutorials.)
 2.4 Markus Ketterl, Osnabrück
If you want to find out where lecture recording is going next, and how to maximise the impact of your lectures, go and watch Markus' presentation.
Want some buzzwords? What if you had a service that supported your website, iTunesU, YouTube, facebook, wikipedia, extracting sections, gave you feedback which parts of lectures people watch, .... so go and watch his talk!
Will be part of http://www.opencastproject.org
 2.5 Tim Fernande, Erewhon, Oxford
- Geo Location Database
- Location based services
- Demonstration of mobile activities
- Part mobilisation of sakai vle
- national guidelines and advice on integration of mobile devices etc.
Tips for mobile devices (among others):
- Provide an audio version of video (Bjoern: Couldn't agree more...)
 2.6 Ben Hawkridge, KMI at OU
What does a hit mean? We're all so keen on counting hits... but we don't really know what a 'hit' means. In terms of download of a 1 hour lecture, what does that hit mean in terms of viewing time spent? We don't know.
Separate the distribution out from other processes - it's a separate problem from production and media management.
Distribution: A question of bandwidht. OU use of Amazon S3.
Statistics: Use tracking links, so that you can tell where the click came from! (If somebody clicks on a link in iTunesU, that opens a web browser.)
 2.7 John Hickey
"Technology is anything that wasn't around when you were born."
Where are things going? What is the audience you're addressing?
Mobile media, web apps, native apps.
Concluding video. Highlights the importance of change. Not all global leaders embrace change, but if you do, you can do cool things.
 2.8 Olaf Schulte, ETH
Opencast, the Opencast Community, and (Opencast) Matterhorn.
Olaf starts off saying how impressed he was by the high energy of the community present at the Beyond Walls 2009.
A range of solutions exist. But none of the solutions are perfect. So need to look at requirements, and see what their expectations of a new product would be.
OpenCast-Matterhorn is a community-source project, that has come out of the OpenCast community.
Time frame: July 2009 - June 2010, to Matterhorn 1.0. July 2010 to June 2011, Matterhorn "encore".
The new system will have blended functionality, combining various existing tools, such as Osnabrück virtpresenter (see earlier presentation by Markus), ETH Replay, PuMuKIT, SURFmedia, etc.
ETH Replay is a solution developed at ETH, and an interim solution until Matterhorn is released. (Also see Tech_Workshop/replay, for a replay session given by Tobias at the steeple workshop a while back.)
Replay features video indexing, producing isochronic metadata, to give pin-point access to specific slides. (http://www.replay.ethz.ch).
But replay was developed as part of a specific project at ETH, and this project ends June 30th 2009. So looking to hand over Replay code to the community.
Range of solutions: OS solutions: virtpresenter, ETH Replay, PuMuKIT, SURFmedia, etc. Commercial solutions: echo, tegrity, accordent, vbrick, mediasite.
- Archival strategies
- Intellectual property rights, open access
- Educational aspects
- Exchange of content
- European funding
For instance, is there an educational metadata scheme for audio video assets in higher education? There isn't anything universally accepted, but OpenCast will work on it.
Syndication is important. It should not be left to just commercial partners. Open access, free exchange of content.
(Bjoern: Btw. I haven't really said this in my presentation, but I see Steeple as a sort of OpenCast/UK effort.)