by MU Instructional Designers
September 10, 2021
6-8 min read
Podcasts are a popular form of entertainment and informal learning among students. Using instructional podcasts, like lecture reviews, elaborating on complex topics, guest speaker interviews, etc., promotes Universal Design for learning strategies by increasing student engagement and providing an additional method of representation.
Regardless of the type, an effective instructional podcast has a very specific purpose and audience. Consider these questions:
- Is my intended audience all students in the course or a specific subset (e.g. students working on a particular project, students who need remediation)?
- Is my intended audience students who are familiar with some of the content (e.g. already completed assigned reading) or who haven’t had any exposure to it yet (e.g. a chapter introduction)?
- Is my purpose to present facts about a topic (e.g. direct instruction)?
- Is my purpose to present my ideas or personal experiences (e.g. narrative lectures, testimonials, etc.) OR the ideas or experiences of a guest (e.g. interview)
One way to incorporate podcasts is to post a 1-2 minute weekly overview to review learning goals and alert students to important check points. You can use stories or case studies to create some anticipation or include a relevant devotional.
- Annotated Bibliography – A collection of research on the topic of instructional podcasts.
- Create A Podcast (ITS Blog) – Nuts and bolts for pre-production, production, and post-production stages of creating a podcast.
Peterson, J. (2018). 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Random House Canada.