A few years ago I was introduced to the world of podcasts. My introduction began with the Stanford eCorner podcasts. I could listen anywhere: car, office, home, or during exercise! The notion of creativity and the spirit of entrepreneurship were exciting to me and so I was hooked.

A few years later and I’m still listening to podcasts. I’ve learned how to better explore the wide world of podcasts and how to focus on the podcasts that seem to be the best for me as both a teacher and an administrator in higher education.

Here are the podcasts that are most useful to me, currently.

  1. Instruction By Design. From ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation hub, this podcast tackles issues that are focused on online delivery. With significant conversation about how to engage students (as you would expect from ASU), these podcasts have input from a variety of contributors and often include input from a guest. I always conclude the podcast with a new nugget to take away.
  2. Teaching in Higher Ed with Bonni Stachowiak. With a long list of episodes, Bonni always has a guest who brings new insight to higher ed. She is a fantastic interviewer and shares from her own experiences. The TIHE podcast is the gateway podcast that introduced me to several of the other podcasts that will follow. This is the podcast I recommend most to my teaching colleagues.
  3. To a Degree. Funded by the Gates foundation, Casey Green lines up multiple, high profile guests for each episode. He asks difficult questions in an unbiased way. However, I’ve also heard him offer correction to some of his guests when he disagrees. I probably share quotes or info from this podcast with members of my college’s cabinet more than any other podcast.
  4. TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast. Kelvin and Tom do a great job with this podcast–and you’d expect nothing less from the crew at UCF that defines strong online presences. Well-produced, always focusing on timely issues, and entertaining, the duo hooks you with a comparison based upon a chosen coffee brew of the episode. They’re the first podcast I’ve ever heard to also get feedback from their own students and often share insight to how decisions are made and the impact that is created. The show could be used as a standalone development program for distance education programs (or just for education programs).
  5. You’ve Got This. From Katie Linder, this podcast has done a significant job of helping me to not feel as alone in academia. She shares thoughts and excellent resources on how to survive in academia at multiple levels (researcher, administrator, etc.). The episodes are never of a daunting length (thank you, Katie!) and are very calming. I’ve probably re-listened to episodes from this podcast more than any other.

I’ve had some opportunities to be around many of the people I’ve mentioned. They don’t do this work because it’s a mandate–they do this work because they love higher education.

In a later post, I’ll share how I use podcasts for my own development. However, for now, I hope these resources are useful.

Podcasts for Educators
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