3. Oxford Podcasting Case Studies
Podcasts are being used at Oxford to support a variety of diferent activities in a wide range of departments, including the award winning PodOxford. The Medieval English lectures and PodOxford have frequently been in the top twenty-five downloads from Apple's 'Higher Education' category.
In the English Faculty Dr Stuart Lee uses podcasts to deliver a series of lectures and readings from Old English texts with supporting material to his students. He has also produced an 'enhanced' podcast that is a step-by-step guide with slides to accompany one through the Anglo-Saxon exhibits on display in the British Museum's Early Medieval Room.
This is a major project run by the University to digitize material related to the First World War held by members of the public. The Great War Archive podcasts a range of interviews, seminars and tours from key speakers on First World War literature and the War in general. This includes the historians Richard Holmes and Max Arthur, and broadcaster Ian Hislop.
"Mike Nicholson, Oxford's Director of Undergraduate Admissions, chats with students and staff from around the University about courses, colleges, what to put on the application form and how best to prepare for the dreaded Oxford interview."
PodOxford is a podcast series aimed at school-leavers to encourage applications to Oxford from a wider social and educational spectrum. PodOxford is regularly mentioned when the issue of novel ways of student recruitment comes up - virtually every national UK newspaper and Radio 4's Today programme have referred to the podcast. It was shortlisted for the European Excellence Awards in PR in December 2007.