Podcast for learning

Podcast for learning

source: training zone

mp3 playersYoung employees are digital natives, so what better way to develop their skills and share information with them than with a podcast, says Duncan Gotobed. Podcasts are easier to develop than you might think, he says. Read his practical guide to creating and using them.

Organisations are increasingly using new media such as podcasts to help them develop their employee’s skills and share knowledge between them.Podcasts in particular – which are a series of online audio or video files that can be downloaded onto a computer, MP3 player or an iPod – are being used as one of these key learning tools.

They are easy to produce, at a fraction of the cost of typical elearning, and can be far more engaging. Podcasts are also easy to deploy, as employees can download the audio or video files from a page on the intranet. It doesn’t require any additional investment in IT infrastructure or ‘consulting time’ to make it happen.

Photo of Duncan Gotobed“Podcasting allows employees to use their downtime to learn – whether it is on the daily commute, on the treadmill, or walking the dog.”

People are also leading increasingly busy lives and the thought of squeezing a day’s training into an already overcrowded schedule is often just too much to think about. Podcasting allows employees to use their downtime to learn – whether it is on the daily commute, on the treadmill, or walking the dog. However, to get people to listen to podcasts in their own time they have to be interesting.

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