Student-Generated Content for Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and YouTube: Leveraging Institutional and Third-Party Efficiencies for New


With the economic downturn and tightening budgets, the stakes in the build versus buy decision for educational technology have never seemed as high. As instructors start to engage more deeply in integrating new forms of social media production into their course assignments and assessments, are there good models of support that leverage tactical rather than enterprise hardware and third-party rather than homegrown or locally supported software?

We'll discuss a support model developed for a comparative political media course where students produced blogs, podcasts, and videos for YouTube. We'll also discuss lessons learned, the successes and challenges of providing support, and opportunities for new partnerships as we look to the future of new media literacy where students and instructors increasingly use a broad range of media in their curricular lives and beyond.

Additional Resources

  • ELI's 7 Things You Should Know About Citizen Journalism
    This ELI 7 Things You Should Know About... brief explains what citizen journalism is, where it's going, and why it matters to teaching and learning.
  • ELI Discovery Tool: Guide to Blogging
    The Guide to Blogging offers a practical exploration of what blogging is and how it can be used to support teaching and learning. It walks you through the important issues to consider before launching a blogging program, shows you what other colleges and universities are doing, helps you navigate discussions with stakeholders, and points you to places you can find additional information.
  • ELI Discovery Tool: Guide to Podcasting
    A "know before you go" compendium, the Guide to Podcasting is designed to assist academic technology centers, IT units, and others in making the case for integrating podcasting into teaching and learning. The guide recaps what podcasting is; gives firsthand accounts of how students use—and don't use—podcasting; shows how podcasting supports learning; compares the benefits and limitations of podcasting with other tools; highlights implementation and assessment considerations; and identifies valuable podcasting resources.

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