Travelling in the Classroom

Podcasting as an Active-Learning Tool for Interdisciplinarity


  • Tessa Diphoorn
  • Brianne McGonigle Leyh


education, interdisciplinarity, travelling concepts


Interdisciplinarity in the classroom is predominantly championed around a need to address pressing social problems by integrating knowledge from diverse disciplines. But can interdisciplinary teaching take shape without the usual problem-solving frame? And are there new methods/mediums through which to explore interdisciplinarity? These questions have led to new and promising developments related to podcasting, active learning, and interdisciplinarity in the classroom. Through the lens of Travelling Concepts, we reflect on our experiences in the making and using of the podcast series – Travelling Concepts on Air – to better understand interdisciplinarity. We show the value of students not only listening to podcasts as a supplementary means of learning, but also creating podcasts as a form of active learning


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Author Biographies

Tessa Diphoorn

TESSA DIPHOORN, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her research and teaching focuses on policing, security, and everyday authority. Email:  

Brianne McGonigle Leyh

BRIANNE MCGONIGLE LEYH, PhD, is Associate Professor of human rights law and global justice. Her research and teaching focuses on conflict and security, international criminal law, transitional justice, victims’ rights, and documentation and accountability for serious human rights violations. Email:  

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Diphoorn, T., & McGonigle Leyh, B. (2023). Travelling in the Classroom: Podcasting as an Active-Learning Tool for Interdisciplinarity . Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 12(SI), 29–49. Retrieved from

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