The world is mobile and podcasting allows users to catch up with information on the move. Let your colleagues/students hear or see you on their mobile phones, MP3 players or even at their desktops.

What is it?

Podcasts are often audio files but can include video and other media. They are made available for users to easily download to their computers and mobile devices. Podcasts are often released regularly as episodes and this allows users to easily subscribe to them with RSS. New episodes are then 'pushed' to the user any time they connect their device.

Podcasting doesn't replace classroom interaction but enhances it and has minimal barriers for adoption. It differs from audio or video conferencing in that it is not a live feed, nor does it require attendance of your audience when you're creating it. For example, you can use podcasts for your learners to review your lectures and tutorials, allowing them to spend time in class concentrating on the concepts you are teaching.

You can also get students to create and upload podcasts within Moodle to share and develop their learning with you and their peers. Recording is easy and can be done via a PC, laptop or phone. Panopto also makes audio and video podcasts available for greater flexibility. Students or any other receivers of the podcast can download these digital media files to smartphones, PCs, and any of a range of MP3 players.

When Would I Use It?

  • to support lesson review so students focus on your teaching
  • to personalise distance teaching by adding voice and face to your teaching
  • to enhance in-class teaching by providing supplementary information
  • to increase flexibility for learners and ensure effective time management
  • to provide opportunities for student activity and creativity

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