1. Introduction

Since the launch of iTunes U in October 2008, podcasting activaties have flourished across the University. Examples of podcasting include:

  • Lectures
  • Interviews
  • Overviews of key concepts
  • Commentaries
  • Outreach and marketing materials
  • Revision material

On this page, you’ll find a set of resources intended to help you plan podcasts and identify how podcasting can enhance your teaching and students' learning.

1.1. What is podcasting?

Podcasts are audio or video files made available on the Internet for download and playback using a computer or a mobile device such as an iPod or smartphone. Most podcasts use RSS (an automatic subscription based system), which simplifies the regular checking and downloading process for a user.. [Source: http://library.hsc.unt.edu/researchtools/LibraryInformationTechnologyGlossary.cfm ]

If you want an introduction to what podcasting is, please watch the Why Podcast video.

1.2. Podcasting in H.E.: a list of pedagogical uses

A range of uses for podcating in education include:

  • Recording of lectures
  • Recording of special events e.g. public speakers
  • Subject expert interviews
  • Specific “listening practice” for certain disciplines e.g. heart sounds in medicine, speech/phonetics
  • Listening to language – comprehension and pronunciation
  • Audio/video feedback to students
  • Students generated podcasts: e.g. capturing audio data as part of inquiry based learning, recording notes from fieldwork

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