Good afternoon, H-Podcasters,
Two podcasts I came across recently made me wonder who and how are people incorporating podcasts into their teaching practice? What do podcasts bring to a course, and what are things teachers who want to incorporate them need to consider?
The two podcasts that got me thinking are HipHop African, a student-generated podcast, conceived by Msia Kibona Clark, assistant professor of African Studies at Howard University, for a course called "Hip Hop and Popular Culture in Africa." In an interview with Liz Timbs for Africa Is a Country, Clark talks about how having students produce podcasts to present their research about African hip hop that will be heard out in the world automatically raises the stakes and leads to higher quality student work. The challenge is teaching the skills, which takes lots of in-class demonstrations.
The other podcast I've been listening to is Office Hours by Dr. Marcia Chatelain, which is not exactly a classroom use, but engages students deeply. Chatelain uses each episode to hold a conversation with a single student about "things we don't talk about in class." She amplifies student experiences, especially students of color, by formalizing these conversations in podcasts, and in turn, listeners are given the opportunity to hear a lot of impressive, reflective conversations about higher education in the US.
Do you teach with podcasts? What have you learned from doing so?