A Renaissance of Audio: Podcasting approaches for learning on campus and beyond

Palitha Edirisingha [pe27@leicester.ac.uk], Beyond Distance Research Alliance,
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LERH, UK. [http://www.le.ac.uk],
David Hawkridge [d.g.hawkridge@open.ac.uk], John Fothergill [jcf@leicester.ac.uk]

Abstract

In this paper, we urge practitioners to consider the potential of podcasting for teaching, learning and assessment. Our perspective is drawn from research on IMPALA (Informal Mobile Podcasting And Learning Adaptation), which showed that there is a range of successful podcasting approaches for students on campus. After briefly surveying the background literature, we provide examples of three approaches, from three different universities: 1) helping students to prepare presentations and assessed work, 2) offering feedback from staff on students' assessed work, and 3) assisting undergraduates to make the transition from school or college to university. Finally, we would like readers to consider how podcasting approaches like these can be converted for distance education. On the evidence available to date from IMPALA and other studies, we feel confident in predicting that podcasting will be integrated more and more into distance education, to the immense benefit of the long distance learner.

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Tags

e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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