This post, and perhaps the next one or two, is inspired by an article in eLearn Magazine titled Connecting with e-Learners through podcasting.
The author, Heather Zink, begins
Online instructors often struggle to find ways to connect with students on a consistent basis through a means other than written discussion such as forums and emails.... Podcasting offers an opportunity to connect with students and enhance the instructor-student interaction. It also provides an avenue for instructors to meet students at a time most convenient for the student with information that can be repeated as often as the student needs.
The article provides a suggested strategy for developing a series of podcasts, and advice about design, time management, and preventing podfading.
CMIS at DETWA has a very useful page on Podcasts in the Classroom for those who are yet to embark on a podcasting journey. It gives resources to check out.
Me.edu.au has quite a large community where you can check out items people have been bookmarking.
I often listen to podcasts such as those on Radio National at EdPod, not as podcasts but as audio files.
I am interested in examples of Australian educators (in any sector) using podcasts, and also of student- created podcasts, so leave some details in a comment or drop me an email so I can add to this topic in a future post.