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Podcasting: A Stepping Stone to Pedagogical Innovation


Key Takeaways

  • The University of Wisconsin–Madison Engage program facilitates transformation of teaching and learning with information technologies by providing awards to instructors to adapt technologies for their courses. Podcasting was chosen as a theme in 2006 and 2007.
  • Podcasting awards to 90 instructors enabled them to experiment with audio modes of learning and creating a feeling of social presence.
  • Some instructors observed learning gains by students using the course podcast, while others found that podcasting helped them match students' learning styles and study habits at home and out in the field.
  • Two years later, instructors who benefited from the Engage funding continue to create podcasts for their classes.

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The Engage program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison helped instructors experiment with podcasting as a means for reaching students through the audio mode. The innovative podcasts instructors created enhanced their students' learning experience. Their success with podcasting led them to make additional changes in their courses and brought them unanticipated rewards.  

For the full article, go to University of Wisconsin–Madison's Division of Information Technology site:

Jan Cheetham

Research and Instructional Technologies Consultant
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Steve Ackerman

I am chair of the UW - Engage Faculty Advisory Group for the UW Academic Technology’s Engage program (http://engage.wisc.edu/). The program provides awards to instructors that adopted demonstrated learning technologies in their teaching as well as support the development of new innovative approaches that make use of new technologies and tools. For the past two years we have been exploring the use of games and simulations in higher education. Participation in this program has helped to keep me informed of new technologies and how they are being used in higher education.

I am actively involved in the UW-based NSF sponsored program the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. CIRTL promotes the development of a national faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of their professional careers (http://www.cirtl.net/). I along with Prof. Sharon Dunwoody from the School of Journalism, developed the program in graduate training outreach. We developed a cross-campus STEM graduate student course on public outreach (http://www.cirtl.net/IEguidebook.pdf). This program lead to the UW-Madison Delta Program - a research, teaching and learning community for faculty, academic staff, post-docs, and graduate students that seeks to help current and future faculty succeed in the changing landscape of science, engineering, and math higher education. I am co-faculty Director of Delta.

I am, along with Prof. Jon Martin, one of the Weather Guys on Wisconsin Public Radio. Since 1999 he and I are regular monthly guests on a live radio call-in show hosted by Larry Mueller. We are on the last Monday of every month from 11:45 to 12:30 central time.


Kathleen Christoph

Kathy Christoph recently retired as director of the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Academic Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she held overall responsibility for learning technology, workforce technology skills development, and library, instructional, and research applications. She was sponsor of the Learn@UW Utility, delivering course management services to the over 140,000 students of the University of Wisconsin system. Champion of the My UW-Madison portal, she led this effort to integrate academic and administrative data.
Christoph is a past member of the EDUCAUSE Board, where she served as secretary, vice chair and chair. She helped develop and direct the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership Institute. Christoph previously co-chaired the EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning, chaired the ELI Advisory Board, and was a frequent presenter at EDUCAUSE and NLII/ELI events. Additional past service includes the advisory board of Syllabus magazine, the board of the Seminars on Academic Computing, and a North Central Association Accreditation Team.


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