Sunday, February 12, 2006

website of the month - Open Source Radio

As anyone who knows me will testify, I'm particularly keen these days on podcasting and its potential in education. The power of the spoken word has often been under-appreciated in my opinion and although for many years the Open University struggled heroically with cassette tape based interviews and ancillary material, I think it is only now with the ease of distribution that the internet offers that we can perhaps begin to properly exploit such materials. Of course, in language learning it is invaluable, but so also for any academic discipline. Have a rummage through Open Source Radio (1) to get a flavour of the sorts of things you can get up to. In this project, supported by the University of Massachussetts, Lowell (2), Christopher Lydon and his volunteer team broadcast (on radio as well as the web) a regular programme spanning a wide range of topics driven by listener comments and blogging.


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