Toward a definition of iPodagogy

Pedagogy (ped·a·go·gy) is defined by Merriam-Webster as: the art, science, or profession of teaching. Most all of us are familiar with the iPod and it’s distinction as the top selling mp3 player in the United States.

iPodagogy refers to utilizing the iPod for any instructional use, including but not limited to podcasting, recording lectures and field experiences, and being a portable display device through a television or video projector. This is a relatively new domain in instructional technology, therefore resource and best practices are still being explored and developed.

As an Instructional Technology Consultant at Indiana University, my perspective will be informed more from Higher Education, although examples are generally applicable to all areas of education including, k-12, higher education, and corporate settings.

Although Duke University (Duke Digital Initiative) was one of the first to begin to explore iPods for educational purposes, and other universities such as Purdue University’s Boilercast have gotten substantial press recently regarding coursecasting and podcasting. This blog is interested in going beyond just podcasting or coursecasting. Therefore we have begun to explore the full potential of the instructional uses of iPods for students and instructors, both in and outside of the classroom. It is our intent that this exploration will result in best practices with audio, images, video, and notes.

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