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The role of podcasting in effective curriculum renewal

Nie, M., Armellini, A., Harrington, S., Barklamb, K. and Randall, R. (2010) The role of podcasting in effective curriculum renewal. ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology. 18(2), pp. 105-118. 0968-7769.

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Abstract: This paper reports on a case study into the contribution of podcasting to the curriculum transformation of two distance-taught master’s programmes. Both programmes attract work-based Occupational Psychology practitioners, most of whom are in full-time employment. Challenges faced by the course team included adding flexibility to the curricula, increasing learner engagement (both with learning materials and feedback) and reducing learner isolation. As part of a coordinated enhancement effort, which included changes to curriculum design and delivery, 59 podcasts were introduced into the curriculum over a 12-month period. Qualitative and quantitative data were gathered from students and staff throughout the study. Action research ensured a regular flow of relevant evidence informing each stage of the renewal process. Evidence suggested that the students’ learning experiences improved as a result of four key benefits associated with the integration of podcasting in learning design: personalisation; an additional and different format for providing clear and engaging guidance, support and feedback; increased flexibility and mobility within the curricula; and ‘design once, deliver many times’ with minimum adaptation.
Uncontrolled Keywords: action research; curriculum design; curriculum delivery; curriculum renewal; occupational psychology; institutional transformation; learning design; podcasting
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1028.43 Computers in education. Web-based instruction. Educational technology
Creators: Nie, Ming, Armellini, Alejandro, Harrington, Sue, Barklamb, Kelly and Randall, Ray
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Education, Training and Skills
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Research Institutes > Institute of Learning & Teaching
Date: 2010
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 105-118
Journal or Publication Title: ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology
Volume: 18
Number: 2
Language: English
ISSN: 0968-7769
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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