ONE WEEK INTO an new academic semester at Tipperary Institute and I already have several work practises that I hope become topics of staff development conversations in LIT. The singlemost interesting item is my desire to reduce each major academic topic to a single touchpoint in the hands of students. For example, it's very easy to see Irish national broadcaster RTE during Morning Ireland because the show streams onto mobile phone handsets. I've some screencasts and talking head video clips that need to get the same boost. We've started the process by culling content and producing it for the small screen. Some of it will flow onto handsets from a streaming server in Limerick. Other segments will be stored on a transcoding server in the States before being sent to handsets, based on the type of handset. To me, this is more than a simple exercise in education technology. Doing this reductionist exercise effectively means I've improved the delivery of higher education learning materials and the process validates my workflow. If the Apple Gods smile upon me, portions of the work will flow onto handsets around the world via iTunes U.
Previously on IrishEyes: "Teaching Aggregation", 9 October 2003.