I met Vivian Vasquez at Podcasters Across Borders. At the time, I thought that Vivian was there in loving support of her husband, Andy Bilodeau (AndyCast). Who knew that she was soon to be Podcasting?

Vivian started the CLIP (Critical Literacy in Practice) Podcast in July 2006. It’s a natural way to share her incredible knowledge about literacy as it is practiced in different spaces and places, and to strengthen an established community (I’m guessing that makes her a pioneer). What makes Vivian extraordinary among Podcasters is that she isn’t just Podcasting; Podcasting is becoming a central way for Vivian to both communicate and educate. That is, Vivian is using Podcasts — both her own and others — as part of the syllabus for a course she teaches at American University.

Podcasting offers amazing opportunities to make a difference and Vivian is definitely finding creative ways to make it work for her and the community to which she belongs.