Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Learning Design Construct (Oliver, 1999) refers to different ways of designing learning experiences for students. It is a sequential set of activities based on the level or components of a subject. The Learning Design is the framework supporting learning experiences (Oliver, 1999). Podcasts can form part of the sequential learning activities. It can be summised that the use of a podcast need not be the only learning experience but form part of a framework of a learning experience which may incorporate other learning tools which inturn forms the learning design construct.
There is substantial research that suggests that university students who download a podcast lecture achieve substantially higher exam results than those who attend the lecture in person (Callaway 2009). The podcasted lectures allows students to replay difficult parts of a lecture and take better notes. To be able to podcast lessons would allow those students with different learning styles another avenue to gain the most from a lesson.
Apple Inc., 2009, Itunes, http://www.apple.com/itunes/whatson/podcasts/fanfaq.html, viewed 19th August, 2009.
Callaway, E., 2009, New Scientist, Itunes university better than the real thing, http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16624-itunes-university-better-than-the-real-thing.html, viewed 19th August, 2009.
Oliver, R., 1999, Learning Design, The learning desing construct, http://www.learningdesigns.uow.edu.au/project/learn_design.htm, viewed 19th August, 2009.