Getting your Hands Dirty with Podcasting [A7]


The aim of this workshop is that by the end the participant will be able to answer the following five questions;

  • What is podcasting?
  • How do you create, distribute and subscribe to a podcast?
  • What is good practice in terms of designing and creating podcasts?
  • How might podcasts be effectively used in an educational context?
  • Where should people go for more information?

To place this workshop into a wider context, then two podcasting related observations can be made, firstly, over time more people are discussing the use of podcasting in education (Chan and Lee (2005)Lee (2005) and secondly the creation and subscription to podcasts continues to grow exponentially.

A key question is, as podcasting continues to grow in popularity what does it offer the educational community as a learning technology?
This workshop aims to overcome the initial hurdles of understanding what is a podcast, the processes involved in creating an appropriate podcast as part of a learning activity, and finding out where to go next in terms of more information. The workshop objective is that at the end of the session the participants are more knowledgeable and confident about what podcasting is so they can concentrate on the more challenging question of how to effectively employ them within the learning process.

In terms of practical skills then the participant would have completed all stages of the eLearning design and development process with respect to podcasts. They will have, identified different potential applications, thought about the strengths and weaknesses of the technology, designed an appropriate learning activity, scripted and recorded the podcast and uploaded to the web for distribution.

The workshop is designed as a collaborative experience, so the numerous tasks will be completed in small groups. Throughout the facilitators will be referring to current good practice and appropriate literature.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the session participants will be more knowledgeable and confident about what podcasting is and what it involves so that they can effectively employ them within the learning process. They will have answered the questions outlined in the abstract.