Not too long ago Vodcasting was new media. Like many technologies that have hit the scene over the last few years, they come fast and furious. Not every technology makes it (we usually don't even notice the ones that do not) but the ones that do tend to alter the way we get our information and interact with others in our world. Vodcasting is certainly one of those world changing technologies.
It used to be that the majority of our information came from written text. Even with the advent of the internet, people were still getting their news from written online news. But the tides have turned. More and more people are actually getting their information from online through video. Even straight audio is on the decline.
What is so great about vodcasting is that it connects the viewer to image. Like the transition from radio to TV, people like to be able to see the speaker. This kind of technology enables anyone to share not only their voice but also their facial expression and body language with their audience.
The downside to these technologies is that everyone under the sun can produce one. And so everyone under the sun seems to do so. Which means that there is no dearth of of vodcasts. This can be a little overwhelming when looking for something specific that meets your goals and is something of quality. But with the ease of use, students can become engaged in producing their own related to in class work as well as begin to follow others that may be of interest to them or related to a class they are taking.