Restrictions of Podcasts and Vodcasts • Questions aren’t responded to in real time • A high internet connection and download limit is necessary to listen and view • Difficult to learn through just listening Restrictions of Vodcasts & Podcasts in Educational Contexts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology CASE STUDY
MIT Podcast & Vodcast Benefits • Easy to access/convenient • Complementary resource • Time-saving • Distance education • Repeat information until understood
Disadvantages & Challenges Of Vodcasts & Podcasts • Social interaction • Motivation • Attention span (Price et al. 2007) • Limited access to high-speed internet
Recommendations • Blended learning • Widely accessible high-speed internet • Break-up podcasts/vodcasts with bite sized chunks • Answer questions within a period of a day
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