"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthsize new things." - Steve Jobs
Katie Gimbar makes a comlelling argument for creating your own video lectures in "why it has to be me" (3:29) and I agree with much of what she says. In fact, I feel it is always best for educators, public and private, to use their own teaching materials regardless of media.
Let's go over Ms. Gimbar's key points with both school teachers and professors and corporate trainers in mind and perhaps I can persuade you to entertain your own creative impulses.
Creating your own material(s) maximizes your control over the imforation presented. Its the most efficient way to meet the needs of your unique group of learners.
You can use podcasts from Youtube.com and other sites but I wouldn't rely on them too much.
It's better to take this opportunity to re-evaluate your learning paradigm to see how you might make your instruction more student-centric. Creating your own material encourages re-examination of curriculum and assessment-based innovation. That's a good thing!
Whether you work in a corporation or a community college you were hired for your unique expertise and perspective. Creating your own material(s) allows you the best opportunity to put your talents to work.
Podcasts and ePubliciations can be experienced anytime, anywhere. Learners can view and review the material on demand. This is especially true of concise podcasts of five minutes or less focusing on a single topic.
You created a relationship with your learning community and they look to you for the information they need to be successful. Your own podcast inherits that trust from you because the learning community see it as an extension of you and your organization.
Teachers and trainers are more accountable for content when they create their own material. They ejnjoy direct access to it. Distribution and maintenance are also improved because they are locally managed. Instruction is freer to be responsive to the needs of the community.
Material can be updated anytime to meet local needs. Your own podcasts are embued with your unique language, visual queues and personality. This helps support the rapport between teacher and student so critical in student success.
The material you create yourself benefits from insider knoweldge of your institution's culture. They contain localized terms, familiar scenes, faces, settings and artificats such as logos and mission statements. Thus learners more easily identify with the material and internalize the information presented.
It's up to you to start creating your own material. iBooks Author is an excellent tool for creating electronic publications and there are a multitude of ways to create podcasts. We'll examine both in other blog entries and videoblogs. I'm available for consultation and workshops if your needs are immediate.