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The Audio Classroom

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The classroom as we know it is changing.

The ability to look-up vast amounts information, near instantly, from a digital archive is remarkable. It has become so common place that we often forget the technological feat that this is. Nonetheless, our demands to quick information are changing. With an ever increasing speed at which our lives progress, we are beginning to demand more passive methods of receiving information.

The era of the mobile classroom.

Imagine a mobile classroom that’s accessible to the student wherever they may be. A method of accessing lectures whenever they are in the mood for it. This is the kind of learning scenario that those with the knowledge to share are able to provide through Podcasts. With these downloadable files from different learning sources, portable digital audio and video players now offer the anytime, anywhere option to learning.

With podcasts, you are able to choose both the time and venue for your learning experience. As a podcast user, you may also be able to better retain information by dictating the pace, as well as having the option for ‘learning through repetition’ with the ability to replay previous content.

This method of learning is not without its own downfalls.

If something in the content of the podcast is unclear to you or isn’t explained well, it will not provide you with clarifications. The quality of content is not moderated, which may lead to incorrect teachings. Audio shows may require diagrams and images for more visual subjects. However, despite these downsides, many of these can be overcome through independent further study. As a bare minimum, it can provide students a convenient means of preparing for class discussions and quizzes, even while on the commute to school.

The hosts of podcasts increasingly are moving towards building relationships with their audience. More and more frequently, the interaction between host and audience advances beyond the realm of one-way communication. Podcast hosts often measure their success and influence via engagement and participation with their audience. Therefore, many shows now encourage in outside conversations and discussions via forums and social media opening the doors for a two-way discussion. The potential for podcasts to build an interactive community will likely address the limitations of a pre-recorded one-way podcast.

A wide array of subject material to engage with.

There are podcasts on almost every subject, academic and cultural, to address the user’s learning needs. Subjects include science, language, philosophy, management, history, and arts, to name a few that may be included in the student’s STEM and arts curriculum at school. There are also podcasts on broader topics such as spirituality, self-development, and professional advice.

Meanwhile, you can also check on the biographical background of an important figure you’re studying, from scientists to philosophers, from artists to political figures. For the more practical learners, podcasts of language courses are becoming more and more popular, as the portable media players make it easier for learners to check back on different parts of the lecture without much delay. There are also pieces on hobbies, sports, travel, and even teaching for professional teachers.

It’s time to embrace the educational podcast.

Sooner or later, teachers and professors will catch on and look around on the Internet for “recommended listening” to prescribe to their students. They may even rise up to the challenge of providing their lectures in podcast format for the purpose of reviewing or helping students who missed the actual lecture. Whatever development arises from this technological advancement, it does go to show how much technology has influenced the way people learn.

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Daniel Kelsey-Wilkinson

Daniel Kelsey-Wilkinson

CEO / Consultant at Ace Podcast Network
Consultant, Content Development Manager and Executive Producer for the Ace Podcast Network. Hobbies: Martial Arts, Climbing & Science Communication
Daniel Kelsey-Wilkinson

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