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Pocket-Sized Podcasts for a Learning Management System


Coggno, a software company that specializes in online learning applications, now provides a robust learning management system that is fully integrated with Apple software. Coggno’s course creator, complete with the Apple Podcast Producer, allows course authors to record, upload, and convert learning content into a podcast for wider and more convenient distribution.

Companies can avoid spending thousands of dollars on traditional large-scale training initiatives. Coggno allows organizations to increase performance and organize training in a truly cost-effective manner. Using Coggno’s learning management system tools, which include a text editor, question bank, and video, assessment, and quiz tools, organizations are able to cut the costs inherent to traditional training methods.

The site’s unique business model allows for the free creation of learning and training modules. Trainers and subject matter experts can use Coggno’s authoring and distribution tools to sell and deliver content. Coggno only charges a small fee when a sale is made, thus providing the delivery of customized training modules while offering authors and experts a chance to simultaneously share their skills and generate revenue.

With more organizations adopting their own learning management system, the traditional style of creating and distributing knowledge is being redefined. Whether it’s corporate training or classroom pedagogy, interactive tools like LMSs and Web 2.0 technologies are seeing an end to the days in which one person dominated the floor and simply dispensed information to an all-ears audience. Now learners’ ears can finally join forces with their eyes, mouths and hands.

That’s not to say that instructional design--the curriculum-based pedagogy in which one person dispenses information and others receive it--no longer has a rightful place in a learning system. While the shift from lectures to hands-on learning and collaboration opens new educational possibilities, straightforward lectures are a vital aspect of any educational format. Lectures lay the framework for students to work their own way through the course material. In a training course hosted via a learning management system, lectures can be presented in an engaging and convenient manner, via audio or video.

Within the Coggno toolkit, podcasts are an increasingly popular learning tool, with an exciting array of educational possibilities. Podcasts are convenient and optimally portable, and appeal to many learning styles. They can be used to supplement and reinforce course learning material, or renew learning activities. They can serve as announcements, reminders, and updates to be heard by everyone using the learning management system. Podcasts can be used to distribute interviews and discussions, or to inform learners what to expect in the next lesson or activity.

Using Coggno’s Apple Podcast Producer, podcasts are easy to create, produce, and share. And of course, listeners don’t need an iPod to listen to them. Podcasts are typically in the form of mp3 files, making them accessible to all learners.

The podcast content itself depends on the course material. Providing intriguing material that piques listeners’ interest is essential. Otherwise, the listeners’ attention will begin to slip. True, choosing material that’s interesting is a matter of taste and opinion, but the way in which one presents the information can make or break a podcast’s effectiveness. It’s important to remember that listeners respond well to audio information that varies in texture and tone. Interspersing music, pieces of interviews, sound bites, etc. throughout is a great way to lend texture and continuity to a podcast. Additionally, it’s important that the speaker doesn’t sound like he or she is reading from a script. The dialogue should sound conversational. Listeners should feel like the podcaster is speaking directly to them.

Creating a podcast is fast and easy using Apple’s Podcast Producer, a simple and automatic audio editing program. Using group communication such as Google groups, social networking sites and wikis, in combination with Coggno’s learning management system, trainers and educators have a growing variety of engaging learning tools at hand.

About Coggno:
Based in San Jose, CA, Coggno is an LMS/LCMS toolkit and marketplace which facilitates the transfer of intellectual property between course creators and those who wish to acquire it. Coggno designs and delivers online solutions for e-learning, training, assessments, and courseware for organizations, corporations, associations, academic institutions, and subject matter experts. For more information, visit


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