Podcasts have been employed extensively in some countries and are now being trialed at a number of universities in Australia. They allow ubiquitous learning whereby students can access a variety of educational material anywhere, anytime on iPods, MP3 players or even desktop computers. There remain many questions about the impact of podcasts on students learning. One issue is how podcasts can be used to support high quality, experiential learning rather than merely perpetuating the old transmission model of education. In this paper, we explore the reasons why students either use, or fail to use, podcasts provided for their education. We report on the motivation of students enrolled in a large first-year information systems subject. These varied considerably and show that podcasts are a useful adjunct for providing for the diverse range of learning styles of our students. However, we also conclude that further research is needed into the use of podcasts to promote deeper learning in our students and how podcasts can act as a support tool for other forms of m-learning.
Dyson, LE & Nataatmadja, I 2008, 'Students Motivations in Podcast Use', Interactive Mobile and Computer aided Learning (IMCL), Interactive Mobile and Computer aided Learning, IMCL, Amman, Jordan, pp. 1-5.
Conference presentation with abstract published on the conference website
Nataatmadja, I, Sixsmith, AJ & Dyson, LE 2007, 'Improving Class Participation by Asian Students', Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology, International Conference on Information Resources Management, IGI Publishing, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pp. 74-77.
Nataatmadja, I & Dyson, LE 2006, 'ICT and its impact on managing global virtual teams', Internet and Information systems in the digital age- challenges and solutions, International Business Information Management, IBIMA, Brescila, Italy, pp. 498-504.
Sixsmith, AJ, Dyson, LE & Nataatmadja, I 2006, 'Improving class participation in IT tutorial and small lectures', Thought Leadership in IS, Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Australasia Association of Informaton Systems, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 1-10.