Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Academic effectiveness of podcasting

"With podcasting gaining more mainstream adoption in higher education, it’s critical to examine its effectiveness in improving the student learning experience. To this end, this paper examines the effectiveness of podcasts integrated into the curriculum (PIC) versus podcasts as supplemental material (PSM). Considering recent empirical work on the effectiveness of podcasting, this study collected data from students enrolled in lower level and upper level language courses. Results revealed an inconclusive relationship among PIC students’ learning outcomes (as measured by their final grades). In contrast, however, our findings indicate a strong relationship between the use of PSM and students’ final grades, particularly in upper level courses."

Academic effectiveness of podcasting: A comparative study of integrated versus supplemental use of podcasting in second language classes. (2012) Computers & Education 58 (1): 43-52 doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.08.021

So basically, listening to podcasts on your own time is a measure of engagement, which correlates with outcomes (as does reading, revision, and getting an early night). PIC ... not so much. The jury is still out on the value of podcasts.


  1. Comment via Google+:
    "Presumably by 'value' it's effectively 'is it worth the effort of producing them, given the students most likely to use them will also be those students who read the extra set reading etc., etc., etc.,
    Perhaps it comes down to a case of the student group, so, if many have situations where reading is hard e.g. high % of dyslexic students, most have a 2 hour drive to college, or whatever, then it could be 'valuable'. "

  2. My son is finding pod / videocasts of lectures to be invaluable - especially when someone in teh otehr stream of Comp Sci / Maths explains something better than in his stream!

  3. Which makes the point that he is an engaged student studying independently rather than being forcefed podcasts.