Open access podcasting: Promoting theory, practice and research in social work.

Paper presented at #husITa14 in Melbourne, Australia, July, 2014.


husITa14 Session

Lesley Chenoweth (Griffith University, Australia).


Although podcasting appears in the academic literature as a method of recording and presenting asynchronous on-line lecture material in higher education (Harris & Park, 2008) there is little in the literature that addresses the utility of open access podcasting as a tool to further disciplinary knowledge beyond a narrowly defined target audience such as students and to cross geographical and discipline specific boundaries in the human services sector. Podcasting that aims to meet the multiple and varied needs of students, practitioners and researchers while attempting to provide a nexus of convergence that spans the oft discussed divide between theory, practice and research is a relatively new field.

The research aimed to evaluate the utility of open access podcasting for social work and human services workers for students, practitioners and educators. This oral presentation explores the benefits and barriers regarding open access podcasting using a case example of open access podcasting for social work and the human services.

Preliminary reports show there is a level of acceptability for social work content to be delivered via the internet and has international appeal. Students, educators and practitioners report the benefit of open access podcasting, particularly where access to professional development may be limited or when students are undergoing remote or overseas placements. Podcasts are a useful resource easily integrated into course content and complements the educational experience and provide an avenue for the dissemination of research. Open access podcasting is enhanced by parallel use of Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Open access podcasting is a dynamic experience providing a useful means of linking theory, practice and research in the human services. Opportunities for future research are identified.



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