5 Ways Podcasting In Education Enhances Your Learning Environment

By using podcasting in education, you can offer a new learning system that benefits mobile and non-traditional students, while providing long-distance learning opportunities to those that wouldn’t otherwise have them.  It can also provide room for extra content, teaching aids for traveling or otherwise absent teachers, and a new learning style that benefits all learning styles.

People crave knowledge the way they crave a good meal or a warm bed.  From questioning “why the sky is blue?” to “how does centrifugal force work?”, we’re constantly questioning and learning about everything.  Education is a cornerstone of our society, and with the leaps and bounds we’ve made with modern technology, we can rework the way it fits into our lives.

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1. Mobility

It’s easy to picture the average college student as someone who goes to campus, attends class all day, and then returns home to study or go to work.  However, According to statistics from the AASCU, nontraditional students were practically the norm – hitting as high as 86% in 2010.  In the past decade, the numbers have shown that older students with careers and families are a huge college campus demographic. 

Even beyond the classroom, people desire knowledge.  In the last ten years, technology in the classroom through modern mediums such as YouTube channels have highlighted a desire for a mobile, audiovisual solution that can often be devoted to educating everyone on a wide range of topics from sewing and changing tires to astrophysics and complex mathematical theories.  

People aren’t bound to classrooms, so their access to knowledge shouldn’t be either.  By introducing podcasting in education, you provide a mobile way for people to learn, no matter the topic or skill level.  With just a few clicks, they can play and pause at their leisure and let the podcast work with their schedule, instead of trying to work their learning around it.  Options are available for iOS and Android, and allow integration with Alexa devices and Apple Carplay, meaning that your podcast is reachable no matter where your listeners are at.

2. Audio and Video Podcasts

Certain areas of study my benefit from either an audio or video explanation.  There are also people who learn better being shown over just hearing the explanation.  While you try to adapt a teaching style that benefits everyone, there’s always a chance that someone is going to get confused or not properly understand the material.

With video and audio podcast hosting, you can use podcasting in education in the format that best fits the content you’re teaching.  Create your own podcast to approach topics from another direction to add nuance and additional material to ensure that any and all students understand the subject.  

3. Philanthropy Opportunities 

Universities, schools, and other educational programs often offer philanthropy and crowd-funding opportunities as a way for their community to give back to a program that provided them with a valuable education.  

Built-in crowdfunding tools such as Podbean’s Patron Program and Premium Podcasts allow listeners to donate to your podcast.  Using these built in crowdfunding tools, you can create a platform to crowdfund special projects that couldn’t be otherwise accomplished.  

4. Cost-Effective Tools 

Educators often find themselves in the situation of wanting to provide the best education with the best tools, but not having the funds to provide for said tools.  Some teachers have even been known to crowdfund for necessary tools like paper, glue, and markers.  

There are various price options for budgets of all shapes and sizes.  No surprise fees means that predictable pricing and works well into cost planning for the school semester or year.  With the added benefit of being able to record straight from the Podbean app, anyone – no matter the time, place, or monetary constraints – can easily record and publish a podcast.   

5. Keeping Track With Private Podcast Options

If you want to make your educational podcasts available only to your students, as well as keep your content sorted and your classes organized, you may want to consider our private podcast solution.  

With our private podcasting solution, you can easily sort students into groups and set access to one channel or multiple according to what classes your students are enrolled in.  Have a student that’s in two of your classes at the same time? Grant them access to both podcast channels at the same time.

Our User Engagement intel can help you gain insight into how your students interact with the content.  You can review your student’s engagement with your podcasts such as plays, replays and where they’re pausing.  With this, see who’s accessing the material and opportunities to expand on topics the class or course may be having trouble with.

Education and knowledge are highly valued, but sometimes there are roadblocks when it comes to going through the educational system in a world full of variables like jobs and families.  But using podcasts for education, you can help ease the roadblocks and let everyone – no matter what they do at home – access the knowledge to move forward in life.

Click here to learn more about how to create your own podcast and integrate them into your educational institutions and programs!

Keep Your Internal Podcast – Private Podcast Secure

Privacy is a major concern no matter who you are, but in the era of data leaks and bot accounts, people are getting more invested in how they secure their information online.  This includes private podcasts and internal podcasts. In order to privatize them, you need the necessary level of security to ensure that only the intended users can access your content.

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There are different methods of securing your private podcast with varying degrees of privacy and security.  One trivial method of privatizing your private podcast is scrambling your Feed URL. By scrambling the URL of your episode, the likelihood of a non-intended user discovering and accessing your podcast greatly decreases.  However, while a scrambled URL makes your podcast difficult to discover, it should be noted a scrambled URL does not usually require a username and password to access, therefore making it accessible to anyone who has the link.  As an example, if someone emails and/or texts the scrambled URL to someone outside of the company or posts it online somewhere (forum, social media, etc.), anyone who clicks that link can now access that content.

Furthermore, scrambling the feed URL does not provide a digital footprint back to the person who shared it, so accountability is difficult to enforce. This needs to be a point to consider when thinking about how accessible you want your private. podcast to be.  

A more secure solution for protecting your private podcast is to have your feed URL accessible only by password and email.  Podbean’s private podcasting solution ensures that your private episodes are truly inaccessible via a public link and needs a username and password to access your content.  Once your private podcast is published, each episode file is moved to secure storage and will require a pair of email and password to access.   

Podbean’s private podcasting solution also allows you to integrate your company’s Single Sign On (SSO) login.  Users can use SSO login to access your private podcast on Podbean Podcast App, your white label App, or your Podbean podcast website.  Podbean’s intuitive interface and powerful admin tools make revoking access to your private podcast as easy as removing the user from your member list.  Once their access is revoked, they can no longer access your content.  

When it comes to private podcasts, you could be using them for a school group, internal communications for a company, or as a private community looking to share information without other people intruding on your content.  By understanding the security and privacy measures that are available to you, you can decide which one works best for your privacy needs.

How to Set Up a Private Podcast

It’s easy to set up a private (protected, only for permitted members) podcast in Podbean. Once you have created a business account and have completed your organization page, you can set up a private podcast in three steps:

Step 1: Set up your private podcast channel(s)

Login to your Podbean dashboard. Click on “Channels”. To create a new channel, click “Add a Channel”. Enter the subdomain and choose whether the channel is public or private (note: private channels cannot be changed to public).

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To change a public channel to private, click the open lock icon. You will receive a pop up confirming that you wish to change this channel to private (you cannot change it back).

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Step 2: Add private members

In the “Private” page, you can manually add private members by entering their email addresses or you can add private members in a batch by uploading a .txt file with one email per line. (You can click the i icon next to the “Batch add members” button to get a sample .txt file.)

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Step 3: Publish an episode

Please make sure the “Private” option is checked when you publish the episode.

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After following these three steps, your private podcast channel is online and ready for your private members to access and play your content.

Your private members can access your private podcast via your Podbean site or using the Podbean Podcast app. Please note that your private podcast is not searchable or available for public access in the Podbean site and Podbean app. Your podcast will only be available to your private members who log into the Podbean site or Podbean Podcast App with their email and password (they will receive an email with this information after you add them as private members).

*Other authentication options such as SSO are available for custom enterprise users.  Please inquire about pricing and setup here.