202 Transmissions from the Edge: Learning Through Story-based Podcasts

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Wednesday, November 16

Video & Media


Modern adult learners don’t always have time to learn in a classroom; they need engaging mobile learning solutions that can be accessed anywhere and at any time. Teaching through podcasting can allow organizations to package training in a manner that is appealing to learners and easy to consume. On-demand narrative audio can allow learners to gain important skills while on the go.

In this session, you will explore the science behind podcasting as a learning tool and the benefits of teaching adults through storytelling. Find out why narrative podcasts can provide a successful learning solution to a growing mobile audience. You will learn from a case study on narrative podcasting to train insurance professionals on complex policy language. You will gain tips and suggestions for creating your own podcasts, along with recommendations on equipment and programs (both paid and free) that you can use to begin podcasting.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why narrative podcasts are an effective learning tool
  • About one organization’s successful implementation of a podcast to meet learning needs
  • The skills and knowledge you need to construct your own podcast
  • Expert tips and tricks to make podcast recording and editing easier and quicker
  • About the science behind using audio as a teaching tool

Novice, intermediate, and advanced designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Podcasting, audio recording devices and programs, audio recording and editing methods, and mobile content delivery.

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Jeff D’Anza

Chief Digital Learning Architect

Nationwide Insurance

Jeff D’Anza is the chief digital learning architect for Nationwide Insurance, focusing on enterprise-level digital learning strategy and learning technology sourcing and integration. He has been a member of the adult learning community for over 15 years, with experience in facilitation, instructional design, multimedia development, and learning program management. Jeff’s pet passion is the use of narrative podcasting as a training tool, and he has spoken and written about the topic for various learning conferences and publications for the past seven years. Jeff holds a BA in History, an MA in organizational management, an MBA, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in instructional design leadership from Franklin University in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Joe Meyer

Consultant, Digital Learning


Joe Meyer is currently a creative consultant in digital learning for Nationwide. For the past 15 years, he has created innovative and award-winning learning solutions and multimedia for multiple Fortune 500 companies. A frequent speaker and published author within the greater learning community, Joe favors the use of storytelling through various forms of multimedia to achieve outstanding results. He is a master’s candidate in educational technology at Louisiana State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic media production from Kent State University.

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