Podcasting in distance learning: True pedagogical innovation or just more of the same?

Mark Lee, Catherine McLoughlin, Belinda Tynan

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This chapter explores how podcasting can be used to support and enhance the student experience, with a focus on tertiary-level distance education contexts. It begins with a review of the rationale behind the use of podcasting and digital audio for distance teaching and learning, including a consideration of the unique features and attributes of podcasting that differentiate it from older or pre-existing educational technologies. The authors then showcase a number of examples involving the use of podcasting in distance e-learning and blended learning, drawn from the exemplary practices of educators across the globe. Discussion of these exemplars centers around four major themes: increasing learner motivation and engagement; facilitating and enhancing learning outcomes; impacting on mobility and lifestyle learning; and fostering a sense of community, with the aim of contributing to the establishment of an evidence-based case about the benefits of podcasting in relation to addressing the needs of distance education students, as well as illuminating some of the problems and barriers that exist. The chapter concludes with a number of recommendations for distance educators.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb 2.0-based e-learning
Subtitle of host publicationApplying social informatics for tertiary teaching
EditorsMark J W Lee, Catherine McLoughlin
Place of PublicationHershey, PA, USA
PublisherInformation Science Reference
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781605662954
ISBN (Print)9781605662947
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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