One of its noblest goals

“The air within the human voice retains its inspiration, even as it inspires the listener to speak in response. In this way, podcasting can help education realize one of its noblest goals: to make a better conversation out of the thing we call civilization.”

With some eloquence, Gardner Campbell, AVP of Teaching and Learning Technologies and Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, writes about the educational potential of podcasting in “There’s Something in the Air: Podcasting in Education,” (EDUCAUSE Review, November/December 2005).

Although most of us cannot take the time to learn to be audio and video engineers on top of all else we do, he continues, “Most of us . . . can and should learn the potential uses and value of rich media authoring–in this case, the podcast. Once we have, we can certainly partner with the IT and AV specialists at our institutions, specialists who will do the technical work to bring our teaching and learning designs to life in the classroom and on the Web.”

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