Podcasts are audio files that are shared online through applications like Kaltura and SoundCloud. Think of them as a form of asynchronous conversation that occurs between you, your students, and even a wider audience.

How can I use podcasting in my classes?

Podcasts are audio recordings structured similarly a talk-radio program, which has 20- to 60-minute episodes released on a regular schedule. Podcasting allows you to give an in-depth explanation of course concepts, recontextualize them through storytelling, or incorporate perspectives of professionals in your discipline. Like narrated presentations and videos, podcasts help you establish presence in your class, whether it meets online or in a blended format.


Provide students with an in-depth explanation of concepts or topics, or give weekly updates as a course progresses.


Record interviews with experts in the field to give students a real-world perspective of your course topic.


Have students record and share their own podcasts as part of an individual assignment or group project.


Record stories that illustrate how topics related to your course affect your own and other communities.

What applications should I use?

CTEL recommends two different applications for recording and sharing podcasts.


With Kaltura CaptureSpace, you and your students can record podcasts, then share them in Blackboard or on the web. Kaltura is integrated with Blackboard and supported by the Help Desk.

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With SoundCloud, you and your students can record and share podcasts through its website or mobile app. CTEL consults with faculty on using Soundcloud but does not provide support for it.

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Need to edit your audio files?

If you already have audio files or if you’re recording them using a mobile app and would like to edit them, Audacity is free, open source software that provides more sophisticated options than Kaltura or SoundCloud.