Purpose and preference in educational podcasting

Van Zanten, Rob, Somogyi, Simon and Curro, Gina (2012) Purpose and preference in educational podcasting. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43 1: 130-138. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01153.x

Author Van Zanten, Rob
Somogyi, Simon
Curro, Gina
Title Purpose and preference in educational podcasting
Journal name British Journal of Educational Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-1013
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01153.x
Volume 43
Issue 1
Start page 130
End page 138
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The application of podcasting for educational purposes is growing fast in universities. There are several benefits of this asynchronous, direct communication and interaction between teacher and student. Nonetheless, the benefits, the pedagogical value of podcasting the traditional lecture format, have come into question. Furthermore, issues have been raised regarding lengthy and costly download times, and the fact that students need to make time to listen to them. For these reasons, using short 3–5-minute podcasts that summarise the lecture have been suggested. This paper explores how students interact with different types of podcasts. The study compares download and course evaluation data of a series of short-summary podcasts with full-lecture podcasts produced for the same university course. The findings show that students value full-lecture podcasts as highly as the short-summary podcasts, despite the fact that full-lecture podcasts are downloaded to a markedly lesser degree. The cause of this anomaly appears to lie in the different purposes that dictate podcast use. The paper concludes by noting that both full-lecture and short-summary podcasts serve as useful tools for student learning in university contexts.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 23 DEC 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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