A New Deal for Fireside Chats?
by Leonard Carmichael - November 03, 2005
This commentary discusses the use of podcasting in teaching a compulsory law unit wholly online. Although the technology is new, the interest and motivational potential of various forms of audio-updates is well understood. Indeed, the author had used earlier technology to deliver a series of "narrowcast" fireside chats to off-campus students in an introductory business law subject. Despite the greater range of technological options now available for online use to deliver courses to off-campus students, it is indicated that initial reaction to this pilot project encourages further research into the educational potential of podcasting.
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