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Questioning the Student Use of and Desire for Lecture Podcasts

The use of audio files, specifically podcasts, has become more visible and accessible to students in higher education.  Despite a lack of pedagogical research on the benefits of podcasting, several universities have adopted the technology of using audio for instruction outside of class and sharing of information.  Although institutions and instructors have embraced the technology, have the students?  A professor in an introductory geoscience course for nonscience majors recorded the audio from classroom lectures and made these audio files available through the university's online course management system.  Student accesses of the audio files were tracked.  The students were surveyed about their knowledge on how to utilize the audio files and if they believed the audio to be of some use.  Although percentages were not high in terms of student accesses to individual lectures, and a little over half the students were aware of how to access and utilize the files, all of the students reported a perceived value to having lecture podcasts available. 


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