Reflecting on the role and potential of podcasting for knowledge work - will it deliver JIT knowledge?
Listen to Tom Davenport's thoughts on KM. Will this genre really promote our sense-making, awareness, understanding and learning?
Currently podcasting is very much one-way broadcasting, true it lowers the barriers and access to radio sound bites, but there is limited feedback opportunity and almost no interaction. Affordances for annotation, commentary, refutation and analysis are missing or serial at best.
Improved indexing, increased attention by major search engines, personal search engines, a multitude of podcast directories and podcatchers, are making it easier to locate, subscribe and download targeted audio files. Here is a good resource list. A combination of blogs or webpages and podcasts offers increased feedback potential and may help with notification (via RSS feeds).
Podcasting and audio files IMO offer value in these areas:
- Audio FAQs
- Conference reports
- Audio bite solutions to common problems for resolving issues 'on the go'
- Awareness and industry news when multi-tasking or on the commute
- Self-learning and serial programs on specialized topics
Here are some flows around podcasting in graphical form.