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The power of educational podcasting : using short-format podcasts to reinforce tertiary student learning experiences in science

Hartfield, Perry J. (2011) The power of educational podcasting : using short-format podcasts to reinforce tertiary student learning experiences in science. In Hudson, Peter B., Chandra, Vinesh, King, Donna T., & Lee, Kar-Tin (Eds.) Proceedings of the STEM in Education Conference 2010, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

In 2007 I introduced short-format educational podcast resources that reinforced conceptual teaching and learning in an interdisciplinary tertiary science study area (biochemistry). This study aims to determine student attitudes to the perceived usefulness and benefit of short-format educational podcasts, and presents the findings (qualitative and quantitative) from surveys obtained from three offerings of the science teaching unit (2007, 2008 and 2009). Podcasts were recorded (MP3 audio files) separately from the instructive lecture sessions, and subsequent to the weekly lecture, short-format podcasts summarising the key learning objectives were integrated within the resources presented through the students learning management system (Blackboard). The vast majority (>88%) of students utilised the podcast resources, indicating a high level of acceptance and uptake for this portable educational technology. The respondents reported that podcasts focused their attention to core learning concepts and supported their understanding and learning of the lecture material. Furthermore, the data showed that respondents agreed strongly that podcasts assisted with study and revision for examinations and, somewhat surprisingly, there was a perception that podcasts positively impacted on examination performance. Overall, student users perceived that podcasting is as an effective and valuable educational tool that offers convenience and flexibility for their learning and understanding of a tertiary science study area, such as biochemistry.

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ID Code: 42399
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Educational technology, Podcast, Mobile learning, Student engagement, Learning motivation, HERN
ISBN: 9780646558127
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Peter Hartfield
Copyright Statement: All papers included in the proceedings went through a double blind review process. Some authors may have submitted revised versions following this process. Copyright of the paper remains with the author(s). Views of the authors may not necessarily be the views of their representative institutes or the STEM committee. Paper and author information displayed is based on the information available at 31 January 2011. Author details can be found on each paper.
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2011 11:58
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 19:37

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