Podcasting, student learning and expectations

Tynan, Belinda and Colbran, Stephen (2006). Podcasting, student learning and expectations. In: ASCILITE 2006: Who's Learning? Whose Technology?, 3-6 Dec 2006, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, pp. 825–832.

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This paper presents prelminary results of a trial of podcasting in six law units involving 1244 students during Semester 1, 2006. The data revealed a rapid uptake and acceptance of podcasting with few difficulties. The vast majority of students perceived podcasting as having excellent value, particularly lectures and to a lesser extent, tutorials. Podcasting altered study habits, with students spending moretime reading primiary materials, and a minority of students spending time transcribing podcasts. Podcasts did not reduce participation WebCT dicussion forums. Podcasts were expected by students to be delivered within three days with students prepared to accept lengthier downloads for improved quality. The paper discusses the main advantages and disadvantages of pdocasting as revealed by student users. There is no doubt that audio podcasting has now become an essential requirement for teaching tertiary students within the law units. The challenge will be for UNE to create workflows to meet the expectations of students as to quality and service delivery.

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