Improving student understanding and public outreach: Podcasting

Dr Simon Benjamin is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Material Sciences. He has written extensively on the subject of Nanotechnology and Quantum technology. He was interested in finding a new way of reaching his students and explaining the fascinating yet difficult concepts behind his subject; Quantum Nanotechnology. He had researched the possibilities of creating podcasts as both an enhancement to his students’ learning experience and also to interest members of the general public in his research area. Using the University’s Podcasting Service he developed an engaging series of recordings in film and audio formats called Caging Schrödinger’s Cat – Quantum Nanotechnology. His podcasts have improved student understanding Quantum Nanotechnology, informal feedback from students has been very positive with many students saying that the podcasts have helped them understand the concepts behind quantum nanotechnology.

2009 Casestudy: Available as a PDF

Winner of the 2009 OxTALENT Awards for Academic Podcasting

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