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This instructor-led, four-week, fully-online course will explore the world of podcasting and the development of content-centered podcasts. Pedagogical considerations will be addressed first and then requisite podcasting skills developed. The course will prepare participants to organize, record, edit, and distribute their own podcasts.


Faculty and staff who want to acquire pedagogical and technical skills needed to successfully develop and use podcasts in their courses.


Participants will explore in depth the following topics:

  • An overview of the underlying pedagogical foundations of podcasting, its role in the classroom, and its efficacy in the online environment.
  • The organization and development of podcasts, including selecting tools, outlining, scripting, recording, editing, and producing a podcast.
  • Considerations for the distribution of podcasts, including RSS feeds, streaming servers, web-based podcasts, and copyright issues related to podcasting.


Module 1 � Why Podcasting?
We will begin to look at podcasting and how it can be integrated into instructional designs. Appropriate uses of podcasts will be discussed, compared and contrasted to other forms of content delivery. Assessment and evaluation techniques for podcasts will be examined.

Module 2 � Podcast Production
In this two-week module we will examine the tools needed for podcast production and how to plan, organize, and write a podcast. We will then move to podcast production and learn to use the tools to record, edit, produce professional quality podcasts.

Modules 3 � Podcast Distribution
In this final module we will examine the distribution of podcasts through a variety of methods, including RSS feeds, streaming servers, and web-based podcasts. We will also examine access issues and pedagogical implementation.


By addressing the pedagogical foundations first and then identifying and practicing the new skill sets, the course will prepare participants to better plan and manage both podcast development/production and distribution.


  • Determine the pedagogical value of podcasts in given course situations
  • Determine the appropriate applications of podcasts in their courses.
  • Plan and write podcasts that present appropriate content for their courses.
  • Select appropriate software and hardware tools for producing content.
  • Record, edit, and develop quality podcasts.
  • Identify non self-produced materials that can appropriately and legally be integrated into podcast productions.
  • Determine which types of syndication methods would be appropriate for podcasts in their courses.


4 weeks


You may take this course without any course prerequisites, however the Technology Tools course is highly recommended.


  • Log into the course a minimum of three times a week to stay active and involved.
  • Read the instructor's lesson introductions and assigned articles from the Web.
  • Answer weekly discussion questions related to the assigned Web articles.
  • Prepare and submit other assignments (e.g. podcast outlines, scripts, podcasts)
  • Engage in positive and meaningful dialog with classmates concerning the course subject matter.
  • Create a complete podcast as a course project
  • Write a summary of the key items covered during each module and how they apply to your field of teaching.

Technical Requirements

  • Windows: A Pentium II 266 Mhz with 128MB of memory and sound card or
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or newer: A g3 233 Mhz with 128MB of memory
  • Computer Speakers
  • Computer Microphone
  • Audacity software installed (free download from with the LAME encoder (also available from the site).


Completely Online. Several forms of communication will be used during this course.

Moodle Forums
Moodle discussion forums are the heart of this online course. It is where you will submit all of your assignments, and where you will discuss your work with your classmates.

Elluminate Live
Elluminate is an example of a multi-modal synchronous delivery system. You will be required to attend one Elluminate Live session in Module 4 during your regularly scheduled synchronous session time.

You have the ability to subscribe to Moodle discussions so that you can read course activity within your email client. This is also one means of communicating privately with classmates or instructors.

In addition, the following methods may be used during the course:

Skype is a free VoiP service that can be an effective way for the instructor to interact with students or for students to interact with each other. It includes a chat and file transfer capability that can also be useful in this course.

The telephone is still sometimes the most effective mode for troubleshooting technology problems or other issues related to the course. Your instructor's phone numbers and other contact information can be found above.


  • You will probably spend a minimum of 10 hours a week working on the course itself, including time spent reading, writing to respond to questions and interact with classmates, downloading and installing necessary software and developing your podcasts.
  • There may be one or two synchronous sessions during the course, but there will be some flexibility with scheduling those.

Participants are required to log on to the course a minimum of 3 times a week, but as discussions develop, you will probably log on more often (4-5 days a week) and possibly more than once per day.

Credit Options

Continuing Education Credit (CEU Credit)
4 Continuing education units (CEU credit) are available for this course.


A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
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The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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