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Students podcast visions of the future

STUDENTS at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School are being tested on their clairvoyant powers as well as their academic talents.

The School is running a podcasting competition, launching on April 25 2007, asking its students to compile a video podcast on the theme: ‘What will it be like to be a university student in ten years’ time?’

"The idea behind the competition is to encourage enquiry-based learning and different literacies. We want our students to be able to be skilled in visual and audio work as well as written", said Professor Huw Morris, Dean of MMU Business School.

"It’s also a research tool, enabling us to get a sense of what the students themselves think about the future of higher education, not just what the academics think."

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The podcasts – which must be no longer than one minute in length – can be shot using mobile phones, home video cameras or more professional equipment and then edited before being uploaded onto the competition website,

When the competition closes on 9 November 2007, a panel of judges will choose the winners. The judging panel will include representatives from the competition’s sponsors – Apple Computers, Cisco Systems, the BBC, Manchester Digital Development Agency, TMP Worldwide and MMU.

The prize for the best podcaster is £5,000, followed by £1,500 for the student in second place and a MacBook for third. The two students who come in at fourth and fifth place will each receive an iPod and the sixth-place winner will receive a digital camera.

Students will be presented with their awards at the Business School’s annual Learning and Teaching Conference in December.

Professor Morris added: "Education will increasingly be about ‘seeding, feeding and weeding’, in that universities will float new ideas past their students, make it known that prizes are available, and narrow down the entries to the best. We are proud to be at the very forefront of this."

- Professor Huw Morris is available for interview on request. Please contact Anie Keshishian at the above details.

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