The podcast format has been on the rise for a few decades now and the use of podcasts is still growing. The listeners of podcasts give the following reason for why they prefer this medium:
- Flexible medium
- The medium creates intimate ties between listener and speaker
- The medium keeps the consumer engaged longer than e.g., “talking heads” or text
- The medium can target the listener in settings and environments where they are available. (e.g., bicycle/car commute)
In a teaching context, one of the great advantages of podcasts is that they can engage the listener for a longer time than other formats i.e., video. This allows for time to unfold complex stuff and multiple perspectives. At the same time, it is faster to produce than video.
Short and ”raw” recordings. This format is good for sending back immediate impressions from a conference or to document the process of a research project. Recommended length 5-10 minutes.
This format will let you introduce a specific theory, person, or time in history to the students. This format works well as an introduction to a later and more in-depth lecture on-campus. Recommended length 10-15 minutes.
Informal conversation between 2-4 participants. This format is characterized by its informal tone where each participant can jump right in when they have something to share. For this format to work well, there is still a need for a moderator, a structure, and some guiding questions. We recommend a maximum length of this format of 45 minutes.
Very similar to the Conversations, but more structured and less informal. Clearer differentiation between interviewer and interviewee(s). We recommend a maximum length of this format of 20-30 minutes.