Podcasts for Professional Development: Transforming a Good Idea into a Great One

Concurrent Session 2

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

So, you’ve decided to implement podcasts into your faculty professional development repertoire. Now what? Podcasts provide a flexible platform for anytime/anywhere, self-directed learning. This session will dive into the benefits and barriers to creating or repurposing podcasts, and how they may be integrated into a broader professional development ecosystem.


Experienced instructional designer / technologist who can confidently collaborate with diverse faculty and instructional support team members to promote exceptional learning outcomes in the higher education environment; expert trainer/faculty professional development specialist with years of demonstrated success in implementing adult learning approaches. Trained and certified in application of the Quality Matters rubric for instructional design and peer evaluation of online courses. Adjunct instructor skilled in theoretical and real-world applications of technology into diverse teaching and learning environments.

Additional Authors

Steven has over 20 years of higher education and distance learning experience and is the District Director of the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona.
Celia is an Instructional Designer, Sr. for Academic Innovation within the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, where she works closely with faculty developing face-to-face, flipped and online courses, supporting faculty and course management in the LMS, providing workshops and collaborating with media specialists on new and evolving projects. She has over 10 years of experience in a variety of roles in education starting with K-12 classroom education and mentoring of educational technology instructors prior to moving into higher education and instructional design. She believes that technology is a tool for learning, prepares students for their future and should not be used for 'technology sake' but in a conscious manner.
Aaron is an Instructional Designer at Arizona State University and brings a diverse background in education. He studied foreign languages in Japan before devoting another six years in East Asia as an English language instructor within both online and traditional classrooms. Upon returning to the U.S. he took up graduate studies in learning sciences and distance education at the University of New Mexico. Now, he enjoys consulting on innovative course design solutions and creating instructional multimedia learning interventions at ASU's Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Extended Abstract


At this education session, an instructional design and professional development team at a large state university will engage participants in exploring the potential benefits and barriers to implementation of podcasts for faculty professional development. Aspects related to design, production, dissemination, and evaluation will be presented with emphasis on strategic alignment to desired faculty learning outcomes.

Podcasts are well-positioned as an accessible medium for disseminating information and provide a flexible platform for anytime/anywhere, self-directed learning. General podcast consumption rates have been steadily increasing in the United States over the last decade. As podcasting in academic environments has similarly been maturing and expanding in recent years, it has been gaining recognition as a viable option for delivering high-quality professional development materials. The flexibility, ease of access, and timeliness that podcasts afford can be especially critical for faculty who teach in online programs and rarely (if ever) travel to a physical campus.

However, there is little research or documentation to date on how podcasts fit into a larger, diversified faculty development ecosystem, or how to enhance and supplement episodes for achieving the best possible learning outcomes. Additionally, stakeholders charged with providing faculty development programming may not have the expertise or resources available to produce their own podcast series. In that scenario, repurposing or adapting existing podcast series may be a viable option.

Can the development specialists, instructional designers, and other experts engaged in the important work of supporting faculty envision new ways to adopt and enhance podcasts, as part of a broader, synergistic professional development system?

During this session, participants will be introduced to the model for podcast planning, design, and implementation in use by this instructional design team. A discussion and brainstorming activity will be conducted to explore strategies for successful adoption and enhancement of podcasts into various professional development systems/networks.


Learning objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on the potential benefits of strategically implementing podcasts for faculty professional development.
  • Propose at least one approach for enhancing the integration of podcasts into an ecosystem of professional development services and resources.


Audience engagement & materials

Participants will be invited to engage in active question and answer/discussion moments throughout the presentation. Participants will also be invited to contribute to an online brainstorming document during the session. Additional handouts will include selected presentation slides, podcast development resources, and a recommended reading list.