Using podcasts to cultivate learner-teacher rapport in Higher Education settings

Conroy, Dominic and Kidd, Warren (2023) Using podcasts to cultivate learner-teacher rapport in Higher Education settings. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 60 (6). pp. 861-871. ISSN 1470-3297


Developing rapport with learners has presented challenges for Higher Education teaching practitioners since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and increasingly practice within synchronous/ asynchronous online learning environments. Podcasts are of renewed interest as a digital learning resource in this context. We explored, inductively, views of podcasts designed for teaching and learning purposes from students (n = 11) and practitioners (n = 5) in two disciplinary settings. Textual feedback on two sample podcasts per student were subjected to content analysis. Findings underscored podcasts value as digital learning resources to help nurture teacher-student relations. Podcasts may help establish teacher credibility, may help teachers feel more familiar/approachable to learners and may provide an outlet to communicate in a kind, informal tone to attenuate learning-related anxiety. We draw on findings from our small-scale exploratory study to present practical guidance for developing podcasts designed (in part) to cultivate teacher-student rapport.

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