The Audiocast Diaries: Reflections On Radio and Podcasting for Delivery of Educational Soap Operas

Wendy Elliott, IRRODL, Feb 01, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a great article, and I really appreciated the original organization. The author covers radio and podcast broadcasting with an eye toward educational applications. The discussion is mostly of the medium - very little is said about how these media can be used to support learning. No matter; the content is engaging and current and introduced me to some things I didn't know - like, for example, the 'FM Station in a Box' being made in Manitoba. Now I want one. Don't know if it would be legal, though. Interesting contrast, between the observation at the beginning of the article - "Governments began to regulate the radio industry heavily, turning it into a one-way medium, controlling content, and limiting frequencies and ownership" - and at the end - "Maybe this new technology, which allows two-way communications, will change radio back to its origins of a two-way medium, as it was in Marconi's day." More articles from December's IRRODL.
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