(iPOD broadCAST) An audio broadcast that has been converted to an MP3 file or other audio file format for playback in a digital music player. Although many podcasts are played in a regular computer, the original idea was to listen on a portable device; hence, the “pod” name from “iPod.” Although podcasts are mostly verbal, they may contain music, images and video.

Here at Dickinson, we have put the creation process into the hands of the students.  Podcast projects have been effectively integrated into courses when students are assigned a particular topic to research.  Often it is paired with a more traditional paper and the podcast serves as a public service announcement of sorts to make the information accessible & understandable to the general public.  This also serves as an introduction to public speaking since the podcast must be delivered in an engaging, interesting manner to keep the listener connected to the topic.  Dickinson professors & students have been podcasting for the past 5 years on any number of subjects.  Any type of course has the potential for creating well written, informative & engaging podcasts.  These projects are not limited to only upper level courses or specific disciplines.  Podcasts have been created in First Year Seminars up to 400 level courses and in the humanities, social sciences & hard sciences.


Faculty and Students

Training Type

Instructor Led-Hands on


45 minute in-class time

Workshop Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, you will:

  1. Know how to use the software programs Audacity, Garageband or IMovie to record & edit podcast
  2. Have observed a variety of course related podcast examples.
  3. Know best practices to use when writing script.
  4. Be provided online resources to help you get started finding creative commons audio, video or image files.

Want to know more?  Contact  mediacenter at dickinson.edu to set up a consultation.  You can also get a sneak peek of what we cover in our training by looking over our Podcast Training Outline.