​​Podcasting has become a generic term for a wide range of media content delivered online - but has its origins in audio, and it is to this context that this page refers.

Podcasting can be used both to overcome barriers to learning, and also to provide a greater flexibility and engagement within the learning process.

For example:

  • Students can use podcasts to access their learning anytime, any place - making use of 'dead' time (if they download the podcast to an MP3 player/iPod)
  • Tutors can give students assignment feedback in audio format.  This offers improved detail of explanation, greater opportunity to offer support and encouragement, and increased personification of the feedback
  • Podcasts can be created relatively easily and inexpensively by tutors (see equipment below)
  • Podcasts are 'reusable' so from the perspective of a tutor, the same content can be used in different settings
  • Audio can be very engaging - the power of the spoken word
  • New episodes of a podcast can be automatically downloaded when students subscribe

For educational purposes, a podcast could include:

  • Expert interviews
  • Formative assessment quizzes
  • Summaries for revision
  • Recaps on lectures
  • Tutor feedback on assignments
  • Guest lectures

Podcasts can be very easily created using either a Digital Voice Recorder (DVR) or similar device, or by recording directly into the computer via a microphone, and using freely available software such as Audacity or Goldwave