From CUNY Academic Commons


Project Objectives

Our initial objectives are to explore iTunes U as BC’s gateway to rich media to (1) supplement teaching and learning outside of the classroom; and (2) as a readily-accessible medium to share special events with the College community and the public at-large.

Brooklyn College’s iTunes U project will generate valuable information about the best ways to deliver digital learning materials to college students. We plan to demonstrate, evaluate, and document ways in which iTunes U can be used to improve teaching and learning, and to disseminate to other schools the resulting best practices. What constitutes a best practice depends on the intended use of a tool: for example, a best practice related to an application designed to teach a specific skill — how to use the Library’s Subject Resource Management System will differ from the best practice for an application designed simply to inform, like our on-line Library Art catalog.

Rich Media Outline

For the iTunes U project, we have identified four pilot “channels:”

• Supplemental instructional materials (recorded audio/video of entire class lectures) for a Health and Nutrition Sciences (HNS) course

• On-demand broadcasts of the Zicklin Lectures in Interdisciplinary Studies series

• Audio/video Library tour and several on-demand video tutorials on Library Instruction

• Library Art Tour

Thus far, we have:

• recorded and digitized 11 HNS lectures (successive Tuesday afternoons starting on February 5) )

• recorded and digitized 2 Zicklin Lectures: Dr. Robert P Moses (Wednesday, March 26) and Dr. Elizabeth Minnich (Monday, March 31)

• recorded a student-led Library tour (Friday, February 22)

• recorded and digitized audio narration for Library Art Tour slide show (audio recorded last semester; slide show under construction)

Project Criteria

Technology: Promote the use of technologies and practical processes for producing or adapting quality and appealing audio and video content to a teaching and learning objective.

AIT staff trained 1 faculty, 2 librarians, and 4 student-workers on how to use a MiniDV camera to record class lectures, and special events on-campus.

Collaboration: Foster an environment of supportive and results-producing collaboration where information technologists and instructional experts support faculty and student providers and consumers of rich media content.

Creative, Usable Enhancements: Demonstrate the ability to incorporate faculty- and student-driven enhancements into a learning process influenced by the creative use of audio and video content.

Pedagogical Best Practices: Encourage the development of best practices and demonstrate how these can be shared and incorporated into well designed, outcome-focused rich media content and associated learning activities.