The University of Pennsylvania’s student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, reports that Penn is joining the growing list of universities that make professors’ lectures available online as podcasts. The Penn biology department is already distributing podcasts of its lectures, and other departments are expected to follow. “Podcasting is just a cute name for something that is essentially a very simple practice,” said John MacDermott, Penn’s Director of Instructional Technology, who added that Penn has been distributing audio cassettes of lectures for years.