This assignment is taken from a course at the University of Western Australia that's meant to explore the medium of podcasting and critically engages with the idea of participatory culture in either the podcast itself or its exegesis.
Students are asked to produce a short audio documentary exploring one aspect of how digital technologies or social media are affecting the lives of college students. (This site includes an in-depth PDF file about describing the assignment.)
Students in an Introduction to Public History course at Gettysburg College completed walking tour podcasts. The goal of each group was to explore how different people can attach radically different meanings to the same historical place.
This is a journal articles that explores podcasting. Students prepare a team-based research presentation on a topic that incorporates a student produced podcast. They produce and share a podcast in which they interview an expert or knowledgeable individual in the research topic area. By producing podcasts, students have the opportunity to research and analyze information, communicate effectively, and incorporate the opinions of experts in a cutting-edge way.
Riddle, Randy. "Getting Started with Student Podcast Assignments." Duke Learning Innovation, February 5, 2016: https://learninginnovation.duke.edu/blog/2016/02/getting-started-with-student-podcast-assignments/