Podcasting in higher education contexts can be organized into the following categories. I have included linked examples of each, more can be found on http://del.icio.us/wfryer/higheredpodcasts.

  1. Course-Casting: Course Content Delivery, Empowering Students with asynchronous/non-interactive content, aka podcast lectures (Physics 415: Thermal and Statistical Physics by Dr Carlson at Purdue, Faculty lectures in Stanford on iTunes)
  2. Interactive and Reflective Q&A: Dr David B. Miller’s iCube podcasts (undergrad intro psychology)
  3. Storytelling and Public Relations: College Public Relations (Research at Chicago, Texas Tech College of Education Podcasts)
  4. Virtual Conference/Symposium Resources: Extending a Conference or Symposium Dialog/Conversations (Duke Podcasting Symposium, UBC Podcasts, UNL Podcasts, Washington College of Law Podcasts, University of Virginia Podcasts, Podcastercon2006)
  5. Student Projects: Permiting students to demonstrate their understanding, knowledge and skills through an original podcast (iGeneration from the Univ of Western Australia, The Teacher as Leader: An Interview with John Dewey)

Gardner Campbell’s Educause review article “There’s Something in the Air: Podcasting in Education” is available in webpage, PDF, and mp3 audio formats, and is also an excellent resource on the pedagogy of podcasting in higher education.

If you know of other good examples not listed here, please comment and share the links! I am particularly interested in other examples of highered student project podcasts. 🙂

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2 Responses to Higher Ed Podcast Purposes & Examples

  1. Thanks for those kind words, Wesley, and for aggregating/categorizing these resources. I’ll look forward to perusing your delicious feed as well.

    Best regards!

  2. S. Lister says:

    I always enjoy your posts and podcasts arriving on my desktop! And now, I hope, I will be able to give something back…. I was recently introduced to a service that allows me to compile samples of podcasts so I’ve used it to put together a page where others can easily access the sample podcasts and entire episodes from the many categories you have identified above. You will find it here:

    I like the idea of a “station” for grouping podcasts but not limiting exploration of more of the same but I must admit I wish gigadial (http://www.gigadial.com) offered more options such as a “programming” possibility where I can combine sub-topics within a station; sorting alternatives; tagging; and rating, to name a few.

    Keep up the great insights, eh?

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