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Faculty and Students Podcasts

February 8th, 2011

Since 2009 several BCC faculty members participated in intensive summer podcasting training in which we offer both technical and pedagogical support. The following programs have been used during the training: Audacity, Windows Movie Maker, Jing and Camstudio. Below you will find podcasts produced by both faculty and students.


 History   Dr. Kate Culkin

Dr. Culkin made extensive use of video podcasting in her history class (History 20)  in which students research historical landmarks in New York City. After recording their podcasts, students post them on their ePorfolios, which also includes other information about the historic location and the research they have done.  Making a podcasts about an historic locations allows students to assume the role of historians, and more specifically, allow them to experience what it means to be a public historian, to discuss about history in a public manner.

eHerodotus  — A virtual companions to History 10 and 11 (J. Getman-Eraso, R. Maryks, T. Rotenberg ). Videos are used to enhance the learning of history.

Foreign Languages: Portuguese and Italian.

Podcasting used in a language class is an excellent tool to reinforce pronunciation, and to extend language exposure outside of the confines of the classroom.

Dr. Giulia Guarnieri,  (Italian), Il salotto, Audio Files, Podcasting eportfolio site

Dr. Alexander Lamazares, Portuguese  (the site is viewable only within BCC)


Some BCC faculty members extended the benefits of podcasting to students by allowing them to create audio/video files as part of their academic portfolios. Podcasting allows for a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning: it supports the pedagogical objectives of specific disciplines and the general education goals of information literacy. In addition, podcasting has also proven to be a valid assessment tool for languages it helps students monitor progress in their language proficiency. For history, the podcast assignment has very clear criteria, including the use of sources and the type of information that needs to be included.   The clear criteria and specific end assignment make it easier to assess the skills the students have learned, while still encouraging the students’ creativity.

Each student is provided with mp3 players and technical training. The following are examples of podcasts created by our students.


Reilyn Roque  Digital Stories

Crystal Rivas, History

Anthony Jose’ , History


Evelyn Torres Italian

Carolina Valdivieso — Video

Edwin Amador — Interview


Albano Shala — Academy Award Speech

© G. Guarnieri

Podcasting at Bronx Community College

December 15th, 2010

I just finished putting together the pages that provide information about the podcasting program at BCC.  It’s still a work in progress and there is more material still to be added, but for now, I made it go live, so that the community can take a look of the kind of work we will be doing during the Spring Semester. There will be two distinct components to this project; one is to link the podcasting technical workshops lead by Albert Robinson to the newly created pedagogical podcasting workshops. The second project is in the development stage; but wouldn’t be nice if we implemented an actual podcasting faculty program? (Podcasting Page)

At this moment we are in the process of finalizing the schedule of our workshops that address the pedagogy of podcasting but we are certain that this is a great addition to the instructional side of technology. Once the schedule becomes official (very soon) I will be posting all these information.

I often thought about the adjective “instructional” and realized that generally much of the focus in faculty development for online teaching is on technology. I must also give credit to the work done by the OIT and the fact that pedagogy is always emphasized. Faculty are constantly reminded that technology is a tool which serves the learning outcomes and is to be used to strengthen the learning of that particular subject Don’t get me wrong, I understand why technology has the role it has, and so much must time is spent on teaching the technical aspect. The main objective of the new pedagogical workshops is to make this feature even more evident, visible, and strong. By offering these types of workshops faculty will be able to have open and face-to-face discussion about teaching in the online environment. We hope to create a community for dedicated teachers who will find in the physical and virtual space (this site !) a comfortable environment where these issues can be addressed.

After all, we are mostly a teaching college, and there needs to be more conversations on teaching and learning, and these workshops, I believe, will fill this gap. I truly hope all of you will participate and support our efforts.

Apart from the podcasting pedagogical workshops we will offer other workshops that address the academic side of the online environment. Topics will range from fostering interactivity, to the pedagogy of web 2.0 and screencast. If these sound interesting and you don’t want to miss out stay tuned!

Photo: Chart created by the University of Alberta, Canada

This image illustrates the relationship between content, technology and pedagogy.

Podcasting Program

November 15th, 2010

Welcome to the Podcasting Program (We moved here !)             

Here you will find resources for faculty and staff interested in creating screencasts, audio and video podcasts for educational purposes. In addition, you will find  information on how to create podcasts, what programs to use, and examples on how to use it effectively in the classroom.

Throughout the year, OIT organizes two types of workshops: workshops concerning the technical aspects of podcasting, which offer hands-on learning on how to make audio and video podcasting; and workshops that focus on providing pedagogical support for podcasting integration into the online environment. 

For information regarding podcasting workshops please contact Albert Robinson, Instructional Technology Coordinator, email:

For information regarding the pedagogy of podcasting please contact: Giulia Guarnieri, Podcasting Program, email:

You can find a complete list of all the workshops offered by the Office of Instructional Technology’s (OIT) by looking at the workshop calendar

The OIT currently promotes and supports: Instructor created podcasts and student created podcasts.

 For educational purposes a podcast is best used for:  Tutor a student, summarize a lesson, practice pronunciation & diction, evaluate music/art exam, create “additional listening”, offer support for disabled students, make oral bullet points, set up RSS Feed, assessment

Podcasting benefits for students: easy accessibility: 24/7, information is received  by subscribing to an RSS feed, self-evaluation of work, shortens the study time, increased interaction with teacher, supplement to class notes.






© G. Guarnieri

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