Tips for Coursecasting

January 24, 2007

Interest in podcast versions of class lectures, or "coursecasting", continues to rise for many reasons. It allows professors to use a student's addiction to white headphones for an educational purpose, putting course content onto playlists along with the student's choice of the latest hits. It is also a great way for students to catch up on or review lectures, maybe allowing a few more students to tune in their minds during class instead of scrambling to write everything down. The Chronicle suggests that institutions considering coursecasting: 1) make it easy for professors, 2) get student feedback and suggestions, and 3) read the fine print of services like iTunes U -- make sure you are clear who will be owning the material once it goes live. Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)