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July 11, 2007

What Pedagogic Value Does Podcasting Have?

In a comprehensive survey of the latest academic studies on the impact of podcasting on learning and teaching, Ashley Deal, a researcher in the  Office of Technology for Education & the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University, found that podcasting follows the pattern of many campus technology innovations.

"As with any educational technology, whether and how podcasting impacts the quality of the learning experience and/or educational outcomes depends largely upon how the technology is put to use," Deal wrote.

So, does podcasting enhance education? "The answer to that question depends entirely on the educational context, including goals and appropriate learning activities, and on how the tool is implemented," said Deal.

"Podcasting does not contain any inherent value. It is only valuable inasmuch as it helps the instructor and students reach their educational goals, by facilitating thoughtful, engaging learning activities that are designed to work in support of those goals."

Download the white paper (PDF). -- Joe Hodnicki

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Thanks for that link -- hard to keep up with these studies and whitepapers! This statement is true of any technology: "It is only valuable inasmuch as it helps the instructor and students reach their educational goals, by facilitating thoughtful, engaging learning activities that are designed to work in support of those goals."

From a constructivist pedagogy POV, the category of "Podcast Assignment" seems most exciting -- having students rework and reword their learning can be a great way to encourage (and check) understanding. There's also something inherently public and shared about podcasting that engages classmates in each others' learning that written assignments generally do not.

Again, thanks for that link; I hope professors find it helpful!

Posted by: Gene Koo | Jul 11, 2007 10:41:17 AM

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