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Hear together: asynchronous situated learning and reflection via podcasts

Ollie Palmer will be presenting his work using podcasting as a pedagogical tool at the ELIA Academy 2023 in Évora, Portugal, 10-12 May.

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Digital audio is a potentially valuable yet underused medium in teaching and situated research. This presentation will demonstrate how the podcast format creates a feeling of intimacy that is unparalleled by visual media, allowing listeners great flexibility in how and where to listen, as well as enabling their environment to become folded into the work they create (or connections they make) whilst listening.

The presentation describes three examples of podcasts in teaching and research: two syllabi created for teaching on a Situated Design MA course, disseminated via podcast, and one set of research interviews.

In the context of teaching, it describes the structure and methods for creating two courses with distinct agendas and learning outcomes. Both use regular episodic audio content to set exercises and develop students’ work over an 8-10 week period. This particular teaching method allows for asynchronous learning, whereby students can complete small reflective exercises in their own time, meeting up in class to provide feedback to one another. This builds a sense of community within a disparate (and geographically distributed) group, and shifts the traditional hierarchical classroom structure. This presentation gives an overview of the methods of structuring a course, recording and disseminating episodes, gathering feedback from students, sharing and discussing work.

Then, in a research context, this presentation discusses the production of *Hold the Space*, a podcast featuring interviews with creative practitioners who also teach. The aim of the podcast is to contextualise the field itself within which situated practice takes place, investigating the relationship, harmonies, and tensions, between creative practice and teaching. The presentation describes the methods and motivations of creating a podcast-oriented research project.

This playful presentation will present the case for aurally intimate, podcast-based teaching and research, as well as methods for audio creation.


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Ollie Palmer is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group. He is also the Pathway Leader of the Situated Design master’s programme at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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