Listen Up! It’s Time to Add Podcasts to Your e-Learning

Are you an auditory learner? Do you remember things better when you hear them? Do you need to be listening to music, or a book on tape, no matter what you’re doing? If you answered yes, you’re going to LOVE this blog. If you answered no, well, you should read this blog anyway because your e-Learners are going to love YOU when you present them with… a podcast!

Why am I so excited about a podcast?

Because it’s approachable! Anyone with a microphone and a computer can create a podcast. With these simple tools, you can empower knowledgeable people within your organization—as well as external experts—to share their skills and knowledge. Or you can channel your inner voiceover star and record yourself.

Oral storytelling is one of the oldest ways our society has shared information and knowledge. A podcast is like a high tech version of the village storyteller sharing legends with children gathered around a fire. Just like the storyteller captivated the children, you can captivate your learners with a podcast. Check out this blog for tips as you write your podcast script: Techniques for Developing Your e-Learning Narrative Flow.

Consider these other reasons to add a podcast to your e-Learning:

  • According to Pew Research, 40% of people in the US listen to audio on digital devices. The number is expected to double by 2015. That means 80% of people are going to be listening to audio on their digital devices (iPods, phones, tablets, etc.) by next year. You NEED to take advantage of this.
  • Podcasts are a great way for employees to take advantage of their commute—time they would otherwise be wasting.
  • Your employees can create their own podcast, allowing them to get involved in the training process.
  • You can share podcasts publicly through iTunes, as well as publicly or privately through a learning management system like Lectora® Express – the Easy LMS.

And here’s a list of free podcast tools from eLearning Industry for a cost-effective way to make your own.

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