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What is Podcasting?

A podcast is a series of digital media files, usually digital, audio, or video, that is made available for download via web syndication. The syndication aspect of the delivery is what differentiates podcasts from other files that are accessed by simple download (Wikipedia, May 2009). There are essentially four types of podcasts: audio podcasts, enhanced podcasts (image+audio), video podcasts, and screencasts. Below are resources for how educational podcasting might be used, and additional resources for learning more about podcasting.

Pedagogical Uses of Educational Podcasting

  • Preview/Review lectures or course content
  • Language Learning
  • Student-created content/projects
  • Reverse lecture
  • Screen/software demonstration
  • Situated (contextual) learning opportunities
  • Guest presentations (via podcast)
  • Supplementary course materials
  • Lecture recording
  • Mini lessons with audio and visuals

Benefits of Educational Podcasting

  • Doesn't require lots of bandwidth (as opposed to streaming media)
  • No network connected needed in order to play (only needed to download)
  • Allows for timeshifting (both instructor and students)
  • Source for multimodal learning
  • May allow for re-use of content over time

Things to Consider in Educational Podcasting

  • Privacy and intellectual property
  • Value of human interaction and student-teacher relationship cannot be ignored
  • Potential barriers for technology challenged students
  • Potential barriers for students with different learning styles
  • Consider type of podcast in regard to purpose, audience, and file size
  • The time it takes to produce podcast

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