Profcasting - a pilot study and guidelines for integrating podcasts in a blended learning environment

Edirisingha, Palitha and Salmon, Gilly and Fothergill, John (2007) Profcasting - a pilot study and guidelines for integrating podcasts in a blended learning environment. In: Research on competence development in online distance education and e-learning. Studien und Berichte der Arbeitsstelle Fernstudienforschung (13). BIS-Verlag, Oldenburg, Germany, pp. 127-137. ISBN 978-3-8142-2077-2


Podcasting is a new technology filtering into education from its original uses in entertainment, journalism and personal broadcasting. Students’ learning supported by
specially produced podcasts, which we call ‘profcasts’, differs from their learning through structured campus or other e-learning processes. This chapter describes a recent pilot study of integrating weekly profcasts in a blended learning environment at a UK University and suggests guidelines for profcasting in such a setting. Following a literature review on the use of audio technologies in education and, more recently mobile learning technologies, the chapter introduces the pilot study and its results. It discusses the findings in relation to two main questions: How does students’ learning supported by podcasting differ from their learning through structured campus or e-learning processes? What are the issues in relation to switching from using MP3 players for entertainment to learning? The
chapter proposes guidelines for integrating profcasts within a blended learning environment, for testing with larger numbers of staff, students and disciplines. Finally, it sketches further research on podcasts for learning being carried out under the IMPALA (Informal Mobile Podcasting And Learning Adaptation) project based at the University of Leicester.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Selected Papers from the 4th EDEN Research Workshop in Castelldefels/Spain 25-28, 2006.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2011 05:42
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2012 00:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: podcasts; profcasts; e-learning; distance learning; audio technologies; mobile learning technologies; MP3 players; pilot study
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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