Title: Creating a new mobile learning community with podcasting

Authors: Kay Kyeongju Seo, Andy Curran, Nancy A. Jennings, Chris M. Collins

Addresses: School of Education, College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210022, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0022, USA. ' Clermont College, University of Cincinnati, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, OH 45103, USA. ' Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati, 137 McMicken, ML 0184, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0184, USA. ' UCit Instructional and Research Computing, University of Cincinnati, University Hall 440.02, P.O. Box 210658, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0658, USA

Abstract: Podcasting is becoming an important content delivery strategy, shaping new mobile learning communities both in live classrooms and in distance learning environments. Students have shown favourable responses to podcasts and some universities now offer formal podcasting initiatives or programs to assist faculty in using the technology. As podcasting is becoming more popular, there is a need to accurately assess the educational potential of the technology and develop effective strategies for supporting a podcast community. This article explores recent developments in podcasting, reports on a recent survey of 137 US students| perceptions of the technology and describes existing support services for podcasting in 50 US universities.

Keywords: podcasts; podcast communities; podcasting initiatives; mobile community; mobile communications; web-based communities; virtual communities; online communities; technology integration; technology training; content delivery; m-learning; mobile learning; higher education; university students.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2010.031652

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2010 Vol.20 No.1, pp.103 - 114

Published online: 16 Feb 2010 *

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