Thinking Back and Moving Forward

I always thought podcasts weren’t for me. I don’t have time to listen to someone ramble on about nothing. Yet, I’m that person that has to have noise when working or studying, or pretty much doing anything. Silence is not my friend. It was love at first episode. I was working as an auditor at the time and I would listen to music all day long. I needed to listen to something while I worked and music was all I knew. A colleague recommended I try Serial. As a horror movie fanatic, it didn’t take very much persuading. My first experience with podcasting occurred three years ago. I haven’t tried anything since, until we began this assignment just a few weeks ago.

I really enjoyed the experience and learning more about what podcasts have to offer. This technology provides such great opportunity for individuals to experience different topics of interest without a cost. Podcasts are free, easily accessible, and can be done while doing other tasks providing a freedom of time.

It turns out I have been creating video podcasts for my classes for months without even realizing it. I record my lectures for my students so they have access to the materials whenever they need it. I provide an asynchronous style of teaching for my online courses and since COVID, all of my face-to-face instruction courses have moved online as well.

Podcasting is still such a new innovation within the audio and audio/visual realm of technology. There has been a large shift in the desire for online education, both synchronously and asynchronously. Podcasting provides content with an ease of accessibility for students and is not limited to just instruction, but can also be used for providing feedback or review of assignments. Using a podcast in your teaching can encourage your students to engage with your classes, your material and ensure there is not any missed content (Gray, 2017).

 

References:

Gray, C. (2017, January 24). Podcasting in Education: What Are the Benefits? Retrieved from https://www.thepodcasthost.com/niche-case-study/podcasting-in-education/#:~:text=One of the greatest advantages,anywhere, with very little effort.

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/