Give Voice to Your Learning: Quality Podcasting for Education

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

Podcasting is enjoying a resurgence, partly because it is so engaging, and partly because it has become relatively easily produced. We’ll explore together what it takes to make an effective podcast for the benefit of students or colleagues.

Additional Authors

Donn King works with people who want to forge top-notch communication skills to increase their influence and impact for career and effective education. Donn is associate professor of communication studies at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as a speaker, writer, and communication coach. He has spoken to audiences, churches, and radio audiences across the United States and written numerous newspaper, magazine, and blog articles as well as co-authored a textbook on public speaking. He also is one of two faculty liaisons for mobile and emerging technology at Pellissippi State, where he focuses on spreading the word through blogging, social media, and podcasting about pioneering in that field for higher education worldwide.

Extended Abstract

Podcasting has been around in some form for a long time. In fact, almost as soon as the iPod came out, people began producing podcasts for downloads. In the last three years, however, podcasts have enjoyed a resurgence. Part of this stems from the ease with which listeners can access them. Another part stems from the relative ease with which almost anyone can now produce an effective podcast. The presenter, along with colleagues, has co-hosted and produced over 45 episodes of a podcast about mobile and emerging technology in higher education, with at least another dozen lined up for this academic year. In this session we will explore together what makes a podcast effective, using examples from Mobile Talk and other podcasts, as well as help participants plan their own experimentation for use with students and with colleagues. Our discussion will also include how to connect the podcast to supporting media such as blogs and social media.