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Podcasting Exercise Physiology - Enhancing the student experience

Project Leader Timothy Barry
Organisation University of Cumbria, Lancaster
Contact Timothy.Barry@cumbria.ac.uk
Partners Grant Abt, University of Hull
Grant type e-Learning
Completed October 2007


Podcasting represents a new use of the internet to publish and distribute audio in downloadable formats. This project evaluated the effectiveness of podcasting for supporting exercise physiology teaching at first year undergraduate level within a sports science course at the University of Cumbria using quantitative and qualitative measures.

  • Students provided with podcasts enhanced their performance in a formative exam, but performed no better than students provided with the same material in written form
  • Students believed the podcasts offered variations in their learning, in particular for revision. However, it was clear that they would want them to remain an additional resource rather than a replacement for traditional face-to-face teaching methods
  • Podcasting as a method of distribution of content provides benefits similar to supplementary material in other formats
  • The time commitment for producing podcasts needs to be taken into account, as a 5-10 minute podcast could take 3-4 hours to record, edit and submit

The real benefit to learning may lie in students creating podcasts. This allows collaboration, team building and dialogue amongst learners and the development of a University module has now enabled a change in emphasis from staff to student initiated podcasts.

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