Teaching Creatively with Podcasts


Teaching Creatively using Podcasts - FAQs

By Jaya Kannan (Former Director, Digital Learning) and
Colette Rossignol (Education Technologist, Digital Learning)

Examples from the SHU Classroom | Creating a podcast | Resources at SHU | Research

What is a podcast?

According to the Merriam Webster definition, a podcast is a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet. A podcast can be an audio podcast or a video podcast. For the purposes of this section, we are discussing only audio podcasts. 

Why use podcasts for teaching?

A podcast is an opportunity to present a unique, valuable, and informative way to reach your students. Podcasts can reinforce literacy skills, promote teamwork, foster creativity, encourage higher order thinking, and create continued learning opportunities outside the classroom.

What type of podcasts would be good for my teaching?

You can either integrate well-known podcasts from your discipline into your teaching, or create new podcasts to meet your teaching objectives. Getting students to create the podcasts might also be a good option if this is meaningful for your course.

If I want to create a podcast, what does this involve?

Step 1: You need to have a clear pedagogical motive and identify a topic. Check the examples from our SHU faculty for pedagogical applications.
Step 2: Audio-record a podcast session and save it as an audio file.
Step 3: Post the podcast on a cloud-based platform for easy access and sharing.
Step 4: In order to reach all learners, (and not only students with disabilities), it might be a good idea to provide a transcript of the podcast. This is a simple way to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

What digital tools must I consider to create the podcasts?

You can create a podcast using any audio-recording device. A smartphone, small portable audio recorder, or computer.  

Other recording options include apps such as memo, or recording and editing software such as Garageband (Mac), and Audacity (Mac, Windows or Linux). Your audio file needs to be in an mp3, AAC, MV4, or WAV format.

On which platform should I host the podcasts?

You can host your podcasts on Soundcloud or iTunes, which are free sites for basic-level subscriptions. If you need more storage or additional features, this will involve a fee.

Are there any useful tips for the technological aspects of creating/integrating podcasts?

Please refer to these online resources for detailed info about the tech aspects of creating and posting the podcasts:

What are the resources available at SHU?

Reach out to Colette Rossignol to discuss your podcast idea. Colette has thirty years of non-commercial radio experience and can guide you through the process. Check out Colette’s radio show, CapitalRadio  by clicking here.

Is there a faculty advisor I could be linked to?

Prof. Pilar Munday (Associate Professor, Spanish) is a faculty advisor for podcasts in education. In her role as the Faculty Coordinator for the SHUsquare project, Prof. Munday played an  instrumental role in developing the Election 2016 podcasts. Check out this podcast here.

Is there any research on the effectiveness of using podcasts for teaching and learning?

We found this peer reviewed article on podcasts in the classroom. Hopefully, this is useful for you.

Middleton, A. (2016). Reconsidering the role of recorded audio as a rich, flexible and engaging learning space. Research in Learning Technology24.

For online link to this article, click here

Recommended podcasts by discipline 

Various Podcasts by Discipline:

Arts & Humanities


Health Professions - Nursing

History  Math Science
Education Various Disciplines  Well-Known Podcasts

Do you have any favorite podcasts?

Yes, Jaya Kannan’s favorite podcast on teaching and learning is Teach Better from Yale University.

Colette’s favorite podcast is freakonomics, and the economist.