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Podcasting and blogging - the way to learn?: Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research 2008 in Gothenburg Sept 10
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3241-967X
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2008 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Much research has been done in the area of distance and online education and the possibilities and obstacles connected to that kind of education (see for instance Jonassen, D., Peck, K. L. & Wilson, B. G., 1999; Jung, 2005; Salmon, 2004). New technologies have changed the conditions for distribution of distance courses the last decade. Learning management systems (LMS) of various kinds have been developed; podcast, wikis and blogs are enablers for enhancing flexible education. Little research is done on how students perceive the availability of podcasts and blogs for their learning and even less on the effects on students’ learning, if any (Bell et al, 2007; Boulos et al, 2006; Maag, 2006)? Podcasting refers to a technique to distribute a collection of digital media files over the Internet, often using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players or computers. The term can refer to either the content itself or to the method by which it is syndicated. The media thus distributed can be either plain audio, video or a combination of audio and presentation slides, often called enhanced podcasts ). Blog is a portmanteau of “web log”, a website where the author publishes entries combining text, images and links to other sources related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Mid Sweden University gives a course for students in teacher training and as inservice-training for teachers: “ICT and media as support for learning”. It is a distance course with one physical meeting in the beginning, and one at the end of the course. LMS, blogs and podcasts are used between these gatherings. In this course the students were offered to borrow a video-capable Ipod to give them options of Mobile Learning (mLearning). The study includes two groups of students, one group took the course the summer 2007 and a second group the summer 2008 which as of this writing hasn’t been held yet. Some of the on-campus lectures were provided as enhanced podcasts, and some additional lectures were only made available as podcasts. Another assignment required the students to comment on the course literature and lectures in the form of a blog entry. The students in the study group then commented on each others entries. An overall question is if educational providers should invest in Ipods and podcast productions? Does the benefits outweigh the costs and the efforts? The present study wants to investigate the student’s use of these features of the course. How did the students perceive the use of Ipods and podcasts in the course, and for their learning? How and how much did they use the blog, what characterized their blogging? As a theoretical framework the sociocultural theory was used. Learning is a social act that can be mediated between social beings through language, signs, genres or tools. Ipods and blogs can be seen as artifacts for learning from a sociocultural perspective. These tools can facilitate learning in a context relevant for the student (Säljö, 1999; Vygostky, 1978; Wenger, 1998).

Methodology, Methods, Research Instruments or Sources Used

This study was conducted with questionnaires and text analysis. We distributed an initial questionnaire to investigate the students expectations and their background. At the end of the course we conducted a second survey about their perceptions of podcasts in relation to their learning. Text-analysis were used for the student blogs (Coffin et al, 2006).

Conclusions, Expected Outcomes or Findings

An understanding about the students’ perceptions of podcasts and an outlook on how students can use blogs in a learning situation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keyword [en]
learning, ICT, podcasting, blogging
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7215OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-7215DiVA: diva2:127060
Available from: 2008-11-30 Created: 2008-11-28 Last updated: 2014-08-19Bibliographically approved

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