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The Screen-Free Syllabus

Beat Zoom fatigue and incorporate audio resources into your syllabi.

 

Your librarian designed this guide to support online teaching during the COVID-19 crisis. Your students are "Zoomed out" and too much screen-time can be overwhelming and disengaging. For our students who struggle with internet access in rural areas or cannot afford high speed wi-fi, the digital divide is even wider.

It's time to change up our syllabi and add podcasts to the mix. These provided resources are free, easily downloadable (and are significantly smaller file sizes than video!) to your mobile device, and are screen-free! 


Podcast FAQs 

Why should I use podcasts in my courses?

Podcasts can be a great way to spark discussion, build empathy, and engage students in abstract topics. Read more from the instructor perspective in this Chronicle of Higher Education article "The Pedagogy of Podcasts." 

What platforms are they available on?

Podcast platforms can vary. Many are offered on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or hosted on individual websites. The podcasts listed on this guide are all freely available. When multiple platform options are presented, choose the one that works best for you.

Are these resources accessible? (Re: Are transcripts provided for my hard of hearing students?)

Not all podcasts have transcripts publicly available. Those with transcripts posted online will be marked with a "speech to text" icon  on this guide. If no transcript is posted, you can use free transcription services such as: Google's Speech to Text feature or contact our Online Learning Team to use a UVA transcription service.

I'm not seeing a podcast that works for my course. Where do you recommend searching for podcasts?

Connect with your librarian! Ashley is happy to meet with you via Zoom to locate podcasts that will fit your assignment needs. Schedule a 1-1 consult on this guide under the Librarian box, "Schedule a Research Chat!"