June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
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Creators, Participants, and Observers: Podcasting, Blogs, and Clickers Offers Students More than Just a Seat in the Classroom
Abstract Today’s students are often passive receivers of media-based instructional materials and rarely have the opportunity to actively participate in their creation. One up-and-coming technology that is compatible with self-directed education is a podcast, which is an audio or video file distributed to an appropriate media player over the Internet. Our students in a multidisciplinary mechanical engineering class were able to go beyond being a consumer and instead became creators of podcasts and active participants through blogs and a classroom response system (clickers). With the use of new technologies and software tools, students were given the opportunity to create and post podcasts of their own research. Because the assignment was optional (students had a choice of writing a paper or creating a podcast on their original research) not all of the students created podcasts. Both types of completed projects (papers and podcasts) were uploaded to the class blog. In class students were actively involved by responding to instructor questions via clickers. In addition, both groups of students were given pre- and post-surveys to ascertain and compare pre-project expectations with post-project assessments of their time commitments, skills needed, level of enjoyment, and perceptions on their learning.
Introduction Educating and engaging today’s students who are fluid with the latest in technology often involves the use of technological teaching tools. Last spring when a new mechanical energy course was offered, the course was designed using instructional tools to not only distribute information but to actively involve students in the learning process. The technologies include i- clickers that consists of remote controls for each student and a receiver that records student answers to questions posed by the instructor; blogs (a contraction of the term Web log) contains student entries combining text, images, links, etc. or multimedia lectures enhanced with graphics and motion video; and podcasting which can be defined as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.” 1
In this course, the technology was used “beyond the lectures” in that students were actively developing blogs and if they selected to, they created a podcast. In higher education, most existing uses of podcasting result in the delivery of content for a lecture. Yet podcasting can go beyond delivery and engage students in the learning process.2 Our goal in this course was to enhance learning and to use technology as a means to do so. We studied not only the efficacy of these technologies, but whether or not students viewed these tools positively. Students responded to pre- and post-surveys that questioned their use and preference for these technologies. This paper will provide a discussion of the tools used, a comparison of these results, and will conclude with recommendations for integrating such technologies into your classes.
Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2009 American Society for Engineering Education
Schmidt, K., & Garcia, J., & Webber, M. (2009, June), Creators, Participants, And Observers: Clickers, Blogs, And Podcasting Offer Students More Than Just A Seat In The Classroom Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4602
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