Open Classrooms is a podcast series produced by the Academic Development Group in Science, Engineering and Health. Each podcast features interviews and stories from our staff who have opened up their classroom doors and shared their practices, innovations and ideas.
In Episode 24, Natasha Taylor talks to Cameron Stanley from the School of Engineering who has been making podcasts with industry experts to inspire and engage his students. Cameron explains how he developed podcasts as an alternative to a traditional ‘Guest Lecture Series’ which can be difficult to fund and schedule. The result is a collection of authentic resources which students can engage with any time, anywhere.
Cameron’s podcast series “Watt Matters” is available here.
If you would like to contact Cameron, please send him an email.
- There are, literally, hundreds of ‘getting started’ guides on the internet. We recommend that you read a few – try not to get too bogged down in the tools and technology. If you plan to record the podcast using your own equipment you will need access to a good USB microphone choose an application for recording the session. Audacity is a free audio recording/editing application you might like to explore. If you are recording a podcast across locations you can use either Skype or Teams, however please make sure you do a test run first to ensure you get the best possible quality audio possible. To publish your podcast you will need to either purchase an account with a streaming platform such as SoundCloud which is what we use for Open Classrooms or you could investigate Anchor which is free.
- Anyone (staff and students) at RMIT can use the Press Play Studios (City and Bundoora). Check out their website for further information.
- Podcasting for Learning in Universities (by Palitha Edirisingha & Gilly Salmon) is a useful book because it presents the different ways podcasts can be used in different learning contexts (lectures, practicals, online learning etc.) Like much of the literature on podcasting in education, it dates back to more than a decade ago (2008), when podcasting first emerged as a new tool, but it withstands the test of time quite well.
- This more recent article provides a useful evidence base for understanding how/when students engage with podcasts and the effects on their learning: Merhi, MI (2015) ‘Factors influencing higher education students to adopt podcast: An empirical study‘, Computers & Education, Volume 83, April 2015, Pages 32-43.
If you are keen to get started with podcasting, join our upcoming PD workshop – Register here!