What is Podcasting?

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Podcasting is an Internet technology that educators can use to provide students with course materials they can use anytime, any place, even when they are not connected to a computer. You can use podcasting to deliver course content in audio, video, and/or graphic formats.

The term podcast implies the ability to deliver programs like other broadcast media but it has some significant differences and advantages:

  • Students can download podcasted programs view wherever they go, whenever they like.
  • New episodes of a podcast are automatically downloaded when students “subscribe”.
  • Instructors can limit the audience to students in their course.
  • Instructors can produce and publish their own podcasts.

For educational purposes, a podcast could be:

  • course audio files, e.g. bird calls or heart sounds
  • mini lessons with audio and visuals, eg., glossaries with sound and images, slides with voice-over explanations
  • audio or video case studies containing interview with experts or other speakers
  • multimedia presentations created by students

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