My Rabbit Hole

Down the research rabbit hole | Tracy Abell

(Abell, 2017)

Our group chose podcasts for the team learning event and delivery technology assignment.  I was excited about choosing this topic, as I have been an on and off fan of the technology for the past few years.  I have to admit, it was a coworker who recommended Serial, that got me hooked on listening to podcasts.  The concept of being able to do other things while listening to something isn’t foreign to me.  In fact, it’s how I spend majority of my day.  I am a multitasker through and through.  To me, podcasts were just like listening to music, but instead, I was listening to a story.  I didn’t really think of podcasts in terms of education, or furthering my knowledge on a subject.  I had classified podcasts as a source for entertainment.

It wasn’t until my group decided to use this technology for our project and through my research, I realized that podcasts offer so much more than just entertainment.  Fang wrote a terrific article that outlined why people listen to podcasts and I found it very enlightening.  From creative inspiration, to entertainment, to expanding ones knowledge on a multitude of subjects; podcasts can provide a convenient source of just about anything (Fang, 2019).  Podcasts offer opportunity to individuals to be efficient with time by providing on demand accessibility.  Through further exploration as to the impact of the podcast technology on education, I found it really interesting that there was such a positive response from students.  “Irrespective of the form of podcasting, student satisfaction is typically strong and students generally perceive podcasts to have enhanced their learning” (Chester et al., 2011, p. 236).

As I continued down my rabbit hole of research, I started to feel overwhelmed.  There is so much information out there regarding different topics and it became clear to me that I needed to answer the question of how to deal with the abundance within podcasts.  I have come up with a few questions that I would like to consider in my research and I am open to suggestions regarding how to deal with the abundance of podcasts:

  • What questions are relevant when looking at the abundance of technology?
  • What are you doing with the information?
  • How do you navigate through an abundant amount of resources?
  • What makes a source credible?

I would appreciate any insight or thought regarding my topic of abundance or podcasts, and how the two relate.

References:

Abell, T. (2017, December). Retrieved from https://tracyabell.com/2017/12/07/down-the-research-rabbit-hole/

Chester, A., Buntine, A., Hammond, K., & Atkinson, L. (2011). Podcasting in Education: Student Attitudes, Behaviour and Self-Efficacy. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 14(2), 236–247.

Fang, W. (2019, December 24). Why Do People Listen to Podcasts in 2020? Retrieved from https://www.listennotes.com/podcast-academy/why-do-people-listen-to-podcasts-in-2020-5/