Content Acquisition Podcasts (called CAPs) are short, multimedia vignettes that combine narration, highly relevant visuals with limited, intentional text to provide instruction. There are numerous types of CAPs:
CAPs can be produced for students to learn vocabulary terms or concepts (CAP-S). Videos are usually 2-5 minutes in length.
CAPs can be produced for teachers to learn about a topic of interest, such as characteristics of students with learning disabilities (CAP-T). Videos are usually 7-12 minutes in length.
CAPs can be produced for teachers to learn how to implement a new instructional practice using modeling videos (CAP-TV). Videos are usually 15-20 minutes in length.
Unrecorded CAP-S slides can also be provided to teachers to support their vocabulary instruction (CAP-TS). The slides are formatted for PowerPoint and can be altered by end users, as needed.
All CAPs are inspired and informed by Richard Mayer's Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning and accompanying evidence-based instructional principles (see Theory of CAPs page). In addition, evidence-based practices from the field of special education and vocabulary instruction are also leveraged within CAP-S and CAP-TS to help students and their teachers receive and make use of high quality instruction.