Title: Podcasting: are student competencies hindering its potential?

Authors: Steve Clark, Lucy Taylor

Addresses: College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, P.O. Box 259, Paddington, NSW, 2021, Australia. ' Office of Learning and Teaching in Economics and Business, The University of Sydney, Rm 276 Merewether Building (H04), NSW, 2006, Australia

Abstract: Currently, podcasting has been overwhelmingly embraced by commercial and community media sources such as T.V. and radio to expand their listening audience. This same concept can be utilised from an educational point of view, where podcasting has the potential to expand flexible learning environments to give students more control over where and when they engage with their learning experience. This paper presents a study on the impact of short podcasts on students and academic staff in the Faculty of Economics and Business, The University of Sydney and has exposed a potential concern about the technical competencies of the student community.

Keywords: e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; podcasting; student competencies; enhancing blended learning; web based communities; virtual communities; online communities; higher education; university students; flexible learning; technical competencies; podcasts.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2010.031653

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2010 Vol.20 No.1, pp.115 - 126

Published online: 16 Feb 2010 *

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