12 March 2009

Tech Note: Podcasts and Mobile Devices

An eCampus News report on podcast lectures at SUNY-Fredonia concludes that student learning (measured by course exam) was greater for students who listened to a podcast lecture than for students who attended a live lecture. Broadcast via iTunes University, the podcast afforded students the advantages of pause and rewind, which are admittedly rare options in the live lecture hall.

The report includes mention that 80% of students accessed the podcast via laptop. "Only" 20% used a mobile device. But the 2009 Horizon Report, the annual prediction of coming trends in learning technology, assures us that mobile is coming. The SUNY-Fredonia research may be the first signal that student users of mobile computing (for school purposes) are increasing. The minority of mobile users in this sample may be the early adopters, hinting at what will impact higher ed in the next year. (The Horizon Report presents technologies according to a timeline; mobile computing is projected for "one year or less.")

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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