A Review of Podcasts as a Learning Medium in Higher Education

Bidragets oversatte titel: Et review af Podcasts som læringsmedie i videregående uddannelser

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferenceartikel i proceedingpeer review


Podcasts and podcasting have emerged as widespread methods for providing learning at different levels in higher education. The podcast has become a learning media that provides students with more flexibility and opportunities to learn and reflect on course content.
Given that podcasts as a learning medium are relatively new, few studies have investigated their use and effectiveness on learning. Previous studies, mainly case studies, have provided insights into a specific field of practice. This study combines the best available evidence to provide an overview of the state of the art of the current research regarding the benefits, challenges and current design tenets to use podcasts and podcasting as a learning medium in higher education. Following the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews, we included 15 studies from 2016 to 2021. These studies were analysed to respond to our research objectives.
One of the key findings was that existing research indicates optimism towards podcasting as a learning medium in higher education, supporting more flexible, reflective and engaging learning environments. However, there are still several practical and pedagogical challenges in the use of podcasting in higher education. One of the difficulties of using the podcast as a learning medium is the lack of interactions. Learning via the interaction between students themselves, the course content, peers and course educators is essential for transferring podcast content. To overcome these challenges, different didactical and pedagogical designs have been used to harvest the benefits that podcasts can provide. It is concluded that most of the existing literature examines case studies, both quantitative and qualitative. These studies have focused mainly on descriptions of students' experiences. Furthermore, podcasts and podcasting have only been used as a supplement within certain learning activities. Empirical studies are still in their infancy, and more research is needed into different pedagogical and didactical scenarios. Additionally, more longitudinal studies with a focus on podcasts' impact on students’ learning outcomes are needed.
Bidragets oversatte titelEt review af Podcasts som læringsmedie i videregående uddannelser
TitelProceedings of the 20th European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL 2021
RedaktørerCarsten Busch, Martin Steinicke, Regina Frieß, Tilo Wendler
Antal sider8
ForlagAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publikationsdato28 okt. 2021
ISBN (Trykt)978-191458719-1
StatusUdgivet - 28 okt. 2021
BegivenhedECEL 2021: 20th European Conference on e-Learning - Berlin, Tyskland
Varighed: 28 okt. 202129 okt. 2021


KonferenceECEL 2021


  • Uddannelse, professioner og erhverv
  • Higher Education
  • Review
  • learning media
  • podcast
  • reflection


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