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

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Edirisingha, Palitha, Salmon, Gilly and Fothergill, John. 2007. "Profcasting - a pilot study and guidelines for integrating podcasts in a blended learning environment." Bernath, Ulrich and Sangrá, Albert (ed.) Research on competence development in online distance education and e-learning . Oldenburg, Germany. BIS-Verlag. pp. 127-137
Chapter Title

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

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
Book TitleResearch on competence development in online distance education and e-learning
AuthorsEdirisingha, Palitha (Author), Salmon, Gilly (Author) and Fothergill, John (Author)
EditorsBernath, Ulrich and Sangrá, Albert
Page Range127-137
SeriesStudien und Berichte der Arbeitsstelle Fernstudienforschung
Number of Pages11
Year2007
PublisherBIS-Verlag
Place of PublicationOldenburg, Germany
ISBN9783814220772
Abstract

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.

Keywordspodcasts; profcasts; e-learning; distance learning; audio technologies; mobile learning technologies; MP3 players; pilot study
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390303. Higher education
460608. Mobile computing
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Selected Papers from the 4th EDEN Research Workshop in Castelldefels/Spain 25-28, 2006.

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Leicester, United Kingdom
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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