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.

One thought to “Thinking Back and Moving Forward”

  1. Hi Leigha,

    You’ve made a great point about how podcasts can offer the freedom to continue doing other tasks. How many other technologies we use that can say the same? One thing I love about this Masters program is not just the new things I’ve learned, but also the long-held beliefs it has challenged. I wouldn’t doubt that a lot of people, like you, have thought podcasts weren’t for them. I was one of them too! Your group’s presentation, as well as reading your blog posts, makes me consider how podcasts could be used in my own teaching. I teach Computer Science, and every one of my students works with headphones on. I bet there’s an opportunity there to experiment with a new way to engage my students. Great post! Sounds like you have tapped into a fascinating line of inquiry.

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