Using Podcasts to Help Relieve Screen Fatigue




With more virtual and hybrid courses, students are spending more time than ever staring at screens. Often articles and textbooks are online further adding to students’ screen fatigue. In an effort to provide my students a respite, I have been adding more and more podcasts to my course “reading” lists. In this session, I will provide examples of what has worked with my students and a few cautionary tales. Using guiding questions to help students focus on the most important ideas from the podcast, collecting lists of new and unfamiliar vocabulary terms, and providing class time to discuss the issues has lead to higher student engagement. Students have been excited to hear from experts in the field and gain a deeper understanding of the content. A well-produced podcast will win over students faster than a dry textbook or research article any day. Podcasts also support students with learning difficulties and provide an alternative way to access the material. As a reminder, it is important to select podcasts with available transcripts to meet the needs of those students with hearing loss or auditory processing challenges. In this session, I will also provide some ideas for where to look for appropriate podcasts for the participants’ courses. Students appreciate the flexibility of being able to listen to a podcast anywhere, and as a professor, I appreciate the excitement and learning it generates in my classroom.