Adrian Weckler thinks the UCC Podcast/videocast idea is doomed but according to this Sky News piece the idea is that videos and podcasts of lectures will help out those that missed lectures and be an additional study aid to those that attended the lectures. Looks like James Bowen is one of the people behind this. James is not liked by the Freedom Institute. Whatever about his politics, this guy lectured me when I started an Elec Eng degree years back and he honestly gives a damn about UCC and Ireland producing world class students. This initiative looks to be a very good start and UCC seem to be out of the starting blocks way ahead of other colleges and it looks like they have a lot of backing in UCC for this.
Bernie adds his thoughts to Adrian’s piece and wonders how UCC will manage this given the time it takes to do a simple podcast. They already have managed it and they’ve done it well. So far they have produced 80 videos from 10 different UCC Departments (and another 4 on the way). They also have covered special public lectures, conferences, information for prospective students, special events like Pierce Brosnan getting conferred and loads more topics.
Already there are videocasts from the following UCC departments:
* Computer Science
* Earth Science
* Health Science
and more on the way from:
* Applied Psychology
Go visit the UCC Outreach TV site for more information. I guess this is one reason why they have won University of the Year two years in a row.