Podcasting exercise physiology: enhancing the student experience

Barry, Timothy, Abt, Grant and Mallabon, Elizabeth (2007) Podcasting exercise physiology: enhancing the student experience. In: ALT-C 2007: Beyond Control, 14th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology, 4-6 September 2007, University of Nottingham, UK. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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Podcasts are an innovative use of the ubiquity of the internet to provide another tool for the e-learning tutor. Recent studies examine the qualitative aspects of their use in e-learning, but less in known of quantitative measures in relation to desired learning outcomes. Across the university sector we see the recognition of the need to promote independent modes of study and increase learner autonomy. The aim of this current study is to examine whether students can enhance their learning of exercise physiology, leading to a quantitative improvement in exam scores. In conjunction with this quantitative approach we will seek to evaluate qualitative evidence of the effect using this technology has on student's learning. Our methodology includes 60 student volunteers from the first year sports science programme who were randomly allocated to either listen to six podcasts over four weeks (experimental group), or provided with material in print (control group). All participants undertake a pre and post formative test and data will be analysed using the effect size statistic and 90% confidence limit. Validated phenomenographic tools will analyse approaches to learning and questionnaires will identify student approaches to using mobile technology. We are interested in identifying learning strategies, cognitive and behavioural changes in relation to using podcasting in e- learning. This paper contributes to our understanding of web 2.0 technologies and provides details of a rigorous study into the use of podcasting within a higher education sports science programme in the UK. Its findings will contribute to the growing interest into the use of audio technology across the sector and is funded through a HEA Bioscience grant. This study evaluates the use of e-learning in dynamic and creative ways to support a culture of deeper learning and enhance understanding in the biosciences. Rather than just expecting that using technology will enhance the student experience the research seeks to evaluate the "added value" of podcasting. We reflect on how consideration of course design, teaching and assessment are vital to integrate podcasting into the curriculum.

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Departments: Sports and Physical Activity
Additional Information: Part of conference theme: "Learning technology for the social network generation" ID Number: 1138.
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012 09:25
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 10:55
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/271

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