Promoting engagement and motivation for distance learners through podcasting

Catherine McLoughlin, Mark J.W. Lee, Anthony Chan

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Abstract

E-learning and blended approaches facilitate timely communication between students' peers, community and instructors, and provide resources to allow for independent learning. The use of podcasting technology holds particular promise for the creation of learning settings that can interest and motivate learners and support their engagement, while at the same time addressing the motivational elements of effective learning. This paper reports on an initiative in which university students undertaking an information technology subject listened to podcasts comprising supplementary audio material structured as short, talkback-radio style segments. The podcasts were created by a group of volunteer students, with minimal instructor intervention in the process. Using a theoretical framework underpinned by motivational theory, the study analysed responses to a survey investigating student listeners' perceptions of podcasting, and found that engagement was enhanced when participants received and listened to the podcasts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDEN 2007
Subtitle of host publicationNew Learning 2.0: Emerging digital territories, developing continuities, new divides
EditorsAndrás Szû Szûcs, Ingeborg Bø Bø
Place of PublicationBudapest, Hungary
PublisherEuropean Distance and E-Learning Network
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventEuropean Distance Education and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Annual Conference - Naples, Italy, Italy
Duration: 13 Jun 200716 Jun 2007

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Distance Education and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Annual Conference
CountryItaly
Period13/06/0716/06/07

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    McLoughlin, C., Lee, M. J. W., & Chan, A. (2007). Promoting engagement and motivation for distance learners through podcasting. In A. S. Szûcs, & I. B. Bø (Eds.), EDEN 2007: New Learning 2.0: Emerging digital territories, developing continuities, new divides (pp. 1-8). European Distance and E-Learning Network.