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Northwest Missouri State University

Nancy Zeliff (Photo by University Photography)

Dr. Nancy Zeliff

Dr. Nancy Zeliff, Professor
Computer Science/Information Systems Department
Podcasting through Tegrity

Integrating technology is just a natural part of the curriculum that Dr. Nancy Zeliff, Professor of Computer Science/Information Systems, teaches.  Dr. Zeliff has been working with and integrating technology every semester as she teaches business education courses for Northwest.  She has worked with a variety of technologies.

Most recently Dr. Zeliff has been integrating a new technology using the Tegrity system.  Tegrity is a multimedia presentation tool which allows instructors to record brief lectures to be placed as a link in the course management system for viewing by students. 

New to the Tegrity technology is the capability for the instructor to easily add the audio and video portion of the lecture to a list of archived recordings.  From this list, students may select to download the recording as iPod, MP3, or RSS.  With any of these formats, students can then load the file onto an iPod or MP3 player and listen to the lectures at their leisure.  This type of technology allows for a more mobile, convenient method for students to listen to content lectures giving them the freedom to take content with them and learn when and where it works best for them.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndications or Real-time Simple Syndications.  The RSS selection provides a technology that allows the distribution of new content to students, without the students having to revisit the course site.  It pushes the content out to the student as it is created.  Students must be subscribed to an RSS feed or reader service to receive the content.  This technology also provides a more convenient, 21st century learner approach to delivering content.  It saves the student time by not requiring them to log into the course site and pull out the content although a link on the course site is also suggested.

Today's students are 21st Century learners and many are using the iPod technologies in their social lives.  Integrating this technology into the learning environment provides them with a way to interact with content and concepts that is familiar.  Technology has become so imbedded in most all areas of their lives that their learning styles are influenced by technology.  Using this type of technology is one way to respond to these new learning styles.  Effective campuses and instructors will be those who are able to adjust to the teaching and learning needs of the 21st century student-be it these Net-gen students, or even adult learners who are likewise influenced by technology.

Alex Raymond, a former CITE Multimedia Developer worked closely with Dr. Zeliff to prepare the technology that is used in these units for her course.  This particular project was designed to be used within several units within the eCollege course management software.  If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Zeliff's use of podcasting and/or Tegrity, please contact the CITE Office or Dr. Zeliff.