Podcasting in Higher Education: Implications for teaching and learning

Course Description: 

This seminar is offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Podcasting in academia has the potential to be radically open. If done right, podcasting allows students to expand the contours of their learning, not only pushing their teachers to rethink and re-articulate their lessons, but also giving a public voice to the type of questions that those too deeply immersed in academia might fail to ask. This four week course explores the different possibilities of using podcasting in the classroom, as a teaching tool for instructors and a learning method for students. It will equip participants with the practical hands on skills and conceptual  background needed to design and create audio materials, audio assignments and assessment criteria for podcasts produced in class. Each class will have a dedicated space for learning technical skills such as editing, recording, and writing for the ear; skills that will feed into the more conceptual discussions on the use of audio technology in higher education.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to
1. Design meaningful audio assignments for students
2. Evaluate and grade audio work (such as podcasting) produced by students.
3. Produce your own teaching podcasts
4. Understand the different possibilities and implications of using podcasting in higher education.


This is a pass/fail course with the possibility to receive an extra (non-degree) credit. Nevertheless, in order to receive a “pass” participants must:
● Do the weekly readings and consult the support-materials uploaded on the course website
● Edit a sample podcast
● Design an audio assignment for students
● Design a rubric for grading podcasts
● Prepare a short (maximum 3-minute-teaching podcast)

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