Chris Green on podcasting (and TWitHoP)

One of the cover stories in the September issue of GradPsych, the magazine of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, features comments from Chris Green. In it, he discusses a new teaching tool: podcasting.

Podcasts — digital media files listeners download from the Internet and play back on a portable media player or computer — are the latest educational technology craze among students and professors. The technology has become so prevalent on campus and off that the New Oxford American Dictionary proclaimed “podcasting” 2005’s word of the year.

After chatting up an iTunes Top100 podcast on animal behaviour, the article turns to the new tool’s potential to contribute to the teaching of psychology:

Christopher D. Green, PhD, a psychology professor at Toronto’s York University, created a 30-episode series called “This Week in the History of Psychology” that’s available to anyone. The free series features interviews with psychology historians, who talk about topics such as Sigmund Freud’s first visit to the United States and Stanley Milgram’s obedience studies.

“There’s no way I could invite all 30 of these historians to actually appear in my class,” he says. “This allows me to bring them in.”

But, of course, podcasts are no replacement for reading. Rather, they serve to open up a topic for further exploration: an appetizer, to whet one’s mind in anticipation of the main course.

About Jeremy Burman

Jeremy Trevelyan Burman is a senior doctoral student in York University’s Department of Psychology, specializing in the history of developmental psychology and its theory (especially that pertaining to Jean Piaget). Prior to returning to academia, he was a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

7 thoughts on “Chris Green on podcasting (and TWitHoP)

  1. The reference for the story:
    Clay, R. A. (2007). iLearn: Can podcasts help your students absorb material, or do live lectures still reign supreme? GradPsych, 5(3), 32-33.

  2. It appears the podcast is not being updated any longer… Anyone know if it’ll be ressurected? The last episode iTunes downloaded was last April, an interview with Stanley Finger.

  3. Actually, the last podcast was an interview with Michael Wertheimer, the week after the Stan Finger interview. However, the podcast series was a one-year project and is now over (so that I can do other things, like this blog). Fortunately, each year has the same set of dates, so the podcasts can be used in classes over and over again.

  4. I am sorry to hear it’s over. I was looking forward to more interviews, but thanks for the year, anyway, Chris. I imagine it must have been a tremendous amout of work.

  5. Sorry Sally, there are no transcripts. The show was done on a shoestring (actually, less than a shoestring) during a sabbatical. There was no time, money, or personnel to produce transcripts.

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