The instructional use of podcasts has increasingly become a more common practice in higher education during the past few years. The distribution of audio content on the internet however is neither new technology nor a new practice. What is unique about podcasting is the ease with which content can be created, distributed and accessed by users. Podcasting takes advantage of a technology called Really Simple Syndication (RSS) which permits users to subscribe to podcasts and receive automatic updates each time a new episode is published to the web.
Some potentially valuable instructional uses of podcasting in higher education include delivery of:
- Lecture recordings
- Supplementary course content
- Interviews and panel discussions
- Conference proceedings
- Unit summaries
- Student generated content
The CTE offers two workshops to assist faculty members with exploring the use of podcasting technology to support teaching and learning: Introduction to Podcasting and Creating Podcasts for Instruction. Faculty members interested in learning more about how podcasting might be used in their teaching are welcome to contact Jeff Nugent at the CTE (firstname.lastname@example.org).