15 September 2023

In a break between recordings, I step into the film studio that, for a few hours, has been transformed into a podcast studio. Jeanette Engzell, assistant professor at LiU and Charlotte Norrman, senior associate professor at LiU, are standing in front of the microphones, discussing jingles for the podcast.

Two female researchers in pod studio. Jeanette Engzell and Charlotte Norrman. Ulrik Svedin

The project, that has come halfway, aims to explore how the podcast format can be integrated into LiU’s education. It is an interdisciplinary project in collaboration between two institutions, with Annelie Norberg, lecturer at LiU, providing expertise in podcast broadcasting. The project also includes Cia Lundvall, facilitator at LiU, who is ill today.

- As a researcher, you are knowledgeable in your own subjects, but you are not necessarily as proficient at conceptualising a podcast or expressing yourself with headphones and a microphone. That's why I'm a part of this project as a coach, Annelie Norberg says.

It's quiet and calm in the studio as Jeanette Engzell and Charlotte Norrman put their headphones back on and get ready to record a new episode of the podcast. Today's episode will focus on business models, and it flows smoothly as Jeanette and Charlotte take turns discussing one model after another.

- When we use podcasts in education, we make it easier for students who prefer the auditory learning style, meaning students who learn best by listening or talking. That way, we include students with that need and extend the learning situations beyond the classroom, creating flexibility in the learning process, Jeanette Engzell says.

Pedagogically, the idea is based on the 'flipped classroom' approach and the division into before, during, and after a teacher-led activity. By listening to a podcast before a specific course moment, the student's learning is facilitated, and by listening afterwards, the understanding can be further deepened.

- We can see that this project could streamline both courses and learning, ultimately leading to more students achieving the learning objectives, Charlotte Norrman says.

In the PIE podcast, they explore the theories and models found in the course materials, making them more accessible. The format also aims to generate interest and a curiosity towards LiU’s courses and serve as a source of knowledge for other students and teachers.

- The idea behind the project is also to create a 'podcast bank' that teachers can use as a resource. The next step in the project is to visit Dublin and present our conference contribution on how students want to use podcasts in their education. The majority prefer to listen spontaneously during the course, and ideally, the episodes should be entertaining and humorous, Jeanette Engzell says.

What students will think of the podcast remains to be seen. The first episode is scheduled to be released on 1 November and will be located here: https://liu.se/organisation/liu/iei/pie (in swedish)

You can also contact madeleine.nyberg@liu.se and you'll receive a notification when the first episode is released. PIE-podden is in Swedish. 

Translated by Erika Andersson Sapir 


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