Podcasting is just one technology within a whole range of web-based technologies used in distance education. Additionally, podcasting can be used in many different educational ways. Therefore, there are many combinations of what is possible with podcasting in education.
For example, consider combining podcasting for teachers with student and teacher discussion groups and vlogging student presentations. Or perhaps a one-on-one class where students create a podcast project that rotates across several class sessions. This way students can participate in sharing research and perspectives on the course material.
The important point is that we must not limit ourselves to one model of education. This premise is especially true when we have the opportunity to work with digital natives who can very well catalyze new perspectives on content during the creative process.
Podcasting was a movement whereby more general public could be part of the media. It’s called “democratization of the media.”
Similarly, couldn’t podcasting be a push towards co-learning in colleges and universities? Perhaps we could start to see teachers and students sharing, conversing, and engaging more through these media. Professors are content experts, students can provide expertise in digital culture. This provides a place where we could have creative nexus.
Furthermore, there are big questions ahead of us that I believe students of all ages in higher education can explore, such as:
- Political issues clashing in the confined spaces of our classrooms
- Cultural understandings that need to be understood within our local and global communities
- Economic issues that impact global audiences rather than solely local or regional spaces
Such questions pose fertile opportunities for students in their 20s, 30s, or 50s as podcasters. Or similarly Anyone senior podcast listener?
From creating podcasts, to critiquing their meaning and building new understandings, digital media is a nexus of innovation, technology and empowerment, and these are generative elements. We unlock some new possibilities for deeper learning along with creativity and the expression of understanding. Effective 21st century communicators will need these same skills for their professional success. Why not capitalize on the need, resources and opportunity to develop engaging critical audio projects in higher education classrooms and training settings?
In a future article, we’ll discuss how podcasts provide other benefits to these groups as well.