Emerging web technologies “The adoption level of emerging web technologies is on the rise in academic settings. However, a major obstacle in the practice of web-based instruction is the limited understanding of learners’ characteristics and perceptions about technology use,” concluded by, NaumanSaeed, YunYang and SukuSinnappan. Thus there is a need to understand the relationship between students’ learning styles and their preferences for instructional strategies, including the use of emerging web technologies.
Not all student learn in a manner that allows technology to benefit them.
There has been proposed to incorporate emerging web technologies into higher education based on students’ learning styles and technology preferences The study provides support for the proposed framework by highlighting the significant relationships among students’ learning styles and technology preferences and their impact on academic performance.
Personal understanding Not all students benefit from podcasting, many have a learning style that may inhibit them from being able to grasp the concepts being shared. To create a successful web-based instruction it is important to know students’ learning styles to design and manage different web-based environments or other learning materials in various subject areas.
benefits to podcasting It can be FREE! “As an example. The University of Alabama recently joined dozens of colleges and universities featured on Apple iTunes U, a separate section of the world's biggest music retailer, the iTunes Store. Unlike the thousands of songs at the iTunes Store for which users pay, the audio and video podcasts are free,” George Daniels states. It is visual, but also auditory It is quick and easy to record Provides for flexibility in and out of the classroom
Personal understanding Podcasts can be effective methods to supplement instruction “These audio/video recordings allow the practitioner to deliver content to students via personal media devices,” says Derrick Mears.
How to: To develop the Podcast using Audacity, the user first selects the input type from the menu (either internal or external microphone, or line in) and then clicks on the record button from the upper left hand portion of the screen. After the completion of the recording, the project can be saved as a project file for future editing and changes before converting the audio to the Podcast file format. Once saved by selecting the "Export" function from the file menu, the user can save the Podcast in the chosen format. The most common formats are either WAV or MP3 which are compatible with most digital media players. Figure 1 shows this process step by step.
To conclude Podcasting is a great tool used in education today. It provides a new way of teaching and learning. Different styles of learning may need to be catered to when using new technology Podcasting is easy to do
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