Chapter 4. Podcasts in Context

Nicole Hennig


Chapter 4 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 53, no. 2), “Podcast Literacy: Educational, Accessible, and Diverse Podcasts for Library Users”

Discusses the use of podcasts in elementary and high school classrooms, including the benefits of learning via audio. It then discusses the use of podcasts in higher education, for students, professors, and researchers. Another section covers accessibility issues, with information on how the blind are using podcasts and how to make podcasts accessible for deaf or hard-of-hearing users. It concludes with a section about the future of podcasts.

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