Podcasting: Newest trend in education?

June 2, 2006
An Apple iPod with video capabilities

A United Kingdom university is introducing the use of education-based MP3 audio files into its program to help modernize education.

The concept is based on the idea that people learn best when they want to learn. So at the University of Leicester, the podcasting makes lessons available to students at all times, said Richard Mobbs, head of learning technology at the school.

"The teaching and learning process is very complicated," said Hobbs, "but we know that we learn best of all when we want to learn and that requires having easy access to the learning materials."

Preliminary interviews showed that most students approved of the concept and used it as a studying tool.

"It's different," said one student. "Not so serious like sitting down with pen and paper. I don't miss anything on the podcasts."

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Empty tables, crowded gyms: Learning with Density

Related Stories

The sound of music, according to physicists

July 30, 2015

Joshua Bodon is sick of hearing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." More specifically, he's sick of hearing one 25-second clip of the song repeated more than 550 times.

Habitat prediction model created to protect piping plovers

July 30, 2015

Beach walkers along the East Coast often share the sand with several kinds of birds that scavenge the shore just out of the reach of waves. Among these shorebirds is the piping plover—a tiny, busy bird that nests in open ...

Recommended for you

Earliest evidence of reproduction in a complex organism

August 3, 2015

Researchers led by the University of Cambridge have found the earliest example of reproduction in a complex organism. Their new study has found that some organisms known as rangeomorphs, which lived 565 million years ago, ...

Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed

July 30, 2015

(Phys.org)—For many Americans, the single biggest problem facing the country is the growing wealth inequality. Based on income tax data, wealth inequality in the US has steadily increased since the mid-1980s, with the top ...

French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth (Update)

July 28, 2015

A 16-year-old French volunteer archaeologist has found an adult tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a "major discovery" Tuesday.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.