GCSU iPod Faculty Learning Community

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Hello. I am Walt Isaac. We met the other day at our first meeting, but I will introduce myself here at the risk of being redundant. I am in the Department of Psychology. My background spans Physiological and Learning Psychology. The course I am currently targeting along with my mentor, Noland White, is Physiological Psychology. Our students in this course are confronted with more detail about neuroanatomy and neurophysiology than they typically want. We relate this information to a wide variety of behavioral topics throughout the course. Our initial goal is to evaluate using the iPods to better connect with our students, and to increase their understanding and retention of relevant neuroanatomy. We have plans of creating a variety of files to upload to the iPods for the students’ use.

Monday, June 12, 2006

I am Macon McGinley

Hello. My name is Macon McGinley and I am an assistant professor of mass communication and the faculty adviser to GCSU’s student newspaper, The Colonnade. My project involves using the iPod as an audio recording device during interviews. These audio files can them be uploaded to The Colonnade website where viewers can access the files to hear the complete interviews. Basically, the project will enhance the newspaper website while introducing students to just another way of gathering and dispersing information to the mass audience.

Jane Rose, here.
I am really excited about learning how to use iPods in the classroom (and out) and about the project that I am planning.
I will be using iPods on study abroad next summer. I will be teaching in Greece--mythology and Greek tragedy. For both courses, I want to develop "slide show" programs of mythic images accompanied by my discussion. I also plan to have downloads of The Iliad and The Odyssey for students to experience these epics as listeners, as their originally audiences did.
For the Greek tragedy course, I will also have a "slide show" of ancient theatres and the accoutrement associated with ancient Greek drama (masks, sandals, etc.).

This Greek tragedy course is the one that I have the biggest designs for because as part of this course we will stage a full production of Sophocles Antigone! I plan to have an audio of Antigone, to help the actors learn their lines, but also audios of the two plays that precede Antigone in the cycle, maybe supported by video clips, so that everyone in the class will know the full context of the play. And I would like to have at least one (maybe two) full videos of other productions of Antigone to ground understanding about decisions made for our production.

I am still playing around with ideas about how to use the iPods to assist assessment.
I will be videotaping the production, and I would like all students to use that tape to self-assess the entire production and their particular role in in. But I'm not sure how to manage this part.


I am Bill Wall, Chair of the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences. I am pretty much a novice when it comes to blogging and podcasting. My project is to incorporate podcasting into a senior capstone course I will teach in Spring 07; Origins: Scientific Views. Several years ago I added a WebCT component to that course. I found that to be an effective teaching tool. When the opprotunity came up to try another innovative tool I decided to give it a try. I have already downloaded many useful audio and video podcasts for this course. I do not know how to make or upload podcasts yet.

I will also be trying to shift my WebCT course content to WebVista while I am learning about podcasting. I would appreciate any help I can get in that area as well.


Saturday, June 10, 2006


We'll be posting some materials to get us going on our assessment projects here. Once the resources appear, we ask you to post your initial thoughts.


Welcome to the first iPod faculty learning community. Your mentors, Hank Edmondson, Charlie Martin, Brian Mumma, Deborah Vess, Rob Viau, and Noland White look forward to working with you on an individual basis and also in our large group meetings. We have posted some resources for you in the links. We'll be distributing some useful materials via our FLC podcasting channel, and you'll find the link here for you on the blog home page. Your mentors will also be providing some general resources as we work together. You've all been subscribed to the campus e-mail lists for iDreamers and iPod leaders, and we hope you find the discussions there useful.

Our first meeting will be held on Monday, June 12th, at 3:15 in Beeson Hall 115. Take a few moments to introduce yourself on the blog, describe your project, and ask any questions you might have. What do you hope that our learning community will achieve?