April 06, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
David Gallagher, Mount Saint Mary College associate
professor of education, discusses “New Possible Selves: The
Potential of Podcasting for Learning and Identity,” on April
It’s like Netflix for audio and DVR for radio. It’s the revival
of the Golden Age of radio for the modern era. And it’s got
excellent potential as a teaching tool.
That’s how David Gallagher, Mount Saint Mary College associate
professor of education, described podcasts in his talk “New
Possible Selves: The Potential of Podcasting for Learning and
Identity” on April 6.
A podcast is an audio program that can be downloaded to
computers and mobile devices. Just like a radio program, podcasts
range in subject matter from real life crime investigations to
comedy talk shows. Anyone with a computer and a serviceable
microphone can produce a podcast.
The word podcast is derived from “iPod” (a portable digital
audio player popular in the early- and mid-2000s) and
While podcasts can be a fun way to pass the time on the drive to
work or while hanging out at home, Gallagher noted that they can
also have important teaching applications. Podcasts can be used as
sources of information, similar to other texts. A lecture could
also be recorded and disseminated as a podcast, allowing students
to review sections of interest as many times as desired.
Additionally, teachers could have students create their own
podcasts for book reports, to help remember the definition of
scientific or mathematical terms, and to practice new vocabulary in
foreign language courses.
“Podcasting allows students to create, write, and share for
authentic purposes,” he said. “Often, students are really motivated
to revise their script before they read it into the recorder,
because they’re very aware that someone is going to listen to
The talk was part of the Investigating Research on Campus (iROC)
series. The goal of iROC is to “provide a forum for Mount faculty,
staff and students to showcase their research endeavors with both
Mount Saint Mary College and the local community in a manner easily
understood by attendees,” explained series coordinators Evan
Merkhofer and Jennifer Park, assistant librarian for access and
outreach services. Presentations include research proposals,
initial data collection, and completed research projects.