with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Study on the Road With Academic Podcasts

I need to look more into this, but I thought I’d give you a first glimpse. Productivity Strategy Blogs’s List of Academic Podcasts is an amazing list of various universities and colleges which offer their lectures via podcasts.

I discovered early on that an iPod or MP3 player full of good audiobooks went a long way toward keeping me productive when traveling, doing yard work, exercising, etc, but the cost of audio books adds up quickly. Podcasts can automate the process of getting audio content and lower the cost, but much of the content available has more in common with radio entertainment than a well written book.

Several universities are making lectures available as Podcasts. Not every class is work well on an iPod, but the content is much more directed toward people who want to learn and not just be entertained. Of course the flip side of this is that some of the professors are boring in person, to say nothing of listening to their recordings on an iPod. You may need to look around to find someone who is interesting to listen to, but once you find the right feed, you have a tremendous amount of content regularly published for entire semester.

This is slick. Spending so much time on the road, you can listen and learn at the same time. As a big fan of books on tape, this broadens the possibilities, not to mention your education.

Remember, you don’t have to have an iPod, any MP3 player will work. We listen to MP3 recordings in several ways, via our MP3 player, CDs through our truck stereo which features MP3 capabilities, and through out laptop and computers which will play these easily.

2 Comments

  • Posted November 18, 2005 at 3:52 | Permalink

    Hey there, I totally agree about the podcasts. I have a long commute every morning and listen to a lot every day. I posted on my site a couple other lists in addition to the one you mentioned. You might want to check them out. http://stingyscholar.com

  • Posted November 18, 2005 at 11:19 | Permalink

    *Flack Alert* I stumbled across your post as part of my “online PR” duties at a company that sells and rents audio books. You may want to check it out if you want more mainstream audio fare, with a less intimidating price tag than one finds in the usual bookstore.
    [whew. Work complete, now I can go check out those academic podcasts you mentioned.]

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