What and Why

Podcasting

  • Method of distributing electronic content via RSS (Really Simple Syndication/Rich Site Summary) – Web syndication format that allows for users to subscribe to feeds without the need to revisit the original site manually.
  • Content may be downloaded or streamed to a local device i.e. MP3 player or computer, for immediate or future use.
  • Non-platform specific

Academic Podcasting

  • Use of podcasting technology in an educational environment, often including course content.

Why?

  • Enhancing the educational experience for students
  • Student accommodations
  • Recruitment
  • Public outreach

Feedback

  • Students LOVE it – say it shows their faculty go the extra mile
  • Does NOT decrease attendance
  • Only one faculty has dropped out in over 10 years
  • Guest lecturers like to receive the link to their presentations
  • Culture of institutions varies widely

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