Slidecast yourself : online student presentations
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
ICT for Language Learning
Web 2.0 has boosted a new genre of online presentations, namely slidecasting, which can be described as podcasting by synchronizing PowerPoint and voice. It could be interesting to use this in language teaching classes, but limited research is available on its possible application in education. Its potential has already been demonstrated in Language for Specific Purposes classes, but it is unknown if this could be used in a foreign language teaching situation. This new presentation tool was introduced in our English business communication classes at University College Arteveldehogeschool (Ghent, Belgium). We had semi-structured interviews with 9 students, and confirmed our data with a quantitative questionnaire. The results indicate the feasibility of slidecasting and the importance of the social and emotional context for its success in educational settings. Moreover, the paper provides some guidelines for teachers who want to implement this into their classes. It also refers to some of the limitations of slidecasting.