Podcasting for Teaching and Learning

A really fabulous list of practical podcast uses for teaching and learning, courtesy @DuncanGreenhill:

Tutors as authors

  • Preparation material

    This can be used to prepare students for face-to-face sessions such as lectures or tutorials so that the session time can be used for something other than the transfer of information. The rationale behind a particular practical could also be explored in a podcast.
  • Recap of lecture material

  • Expansion of lecture material

    This could include discussion of content demonstrating particular perspectives, formation of academic arguments, sharing enthusiasm and providing a basis for further academic discussion.
  • Expert witness

    An interview or discussion with a prominent subject expert to explore a topic in depth, or describe current and future research directions. The expert could also talk about having a career in their particular academic area.
  • Student Reflection

    A tutor could pose questions to promote student reflection on a topic. This could include questions of ethics, uncertainties or exploring differing academic theories.
  • Group feedback

    A tutor can comment on a particular assessment to the whole group to identify common strengths, weaknesses, and improvments for future work.
  • Individual Feedback

    This has the advantage that tone of voice can also be used to give encouragement and feedback on a particular piece of work.
  • Audio 'tours'

    These could be instructions on how to perform a particular practical, or how to use a specific piece of equipment.
  • Revision Summaries

    Particular topics could be summarised, or more general revision tips could be given.

Students as authors

  • Audio introductions

    For example as an icebreaker on a new course. This also has the advantage of letting students create a podcast without the pressure of assessment.
  • Audio Glossary

    Students research and record definitions of particular terms.
  • Student Explanations

    Students research and record their explanations of particular topics.
  • Student Presentations

    This could be done either as an individual or as a group.
  • Expert Witness

    Students could interview a subject expert on a particular topic. The advantage of this technique is that students will need to research and determine their questions in some detail beforehand.
  • Student Reflection

    This would be like an audio diary - students describing their approach to a particular topic or assessment, and reflecting on the outcomes afterward.
  • Found audio

    Students share audio resources found elsewhere.