Cui bono? On the relative merits of technology-enhanced learning and teaching in higher education

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Abstract

This article provides evidence from a 4-year longitudinal study on the comparative use of illustrative video podcasts during Economic Geography lectures vis-à-vis traditional educational methods in order to guide pedagogic practice and future research on the relative merits of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. Key benefits derived from the introduction of video podcasts identified in this study included positive affective and cognitive attitudes of students towards educational technologies, increased teacher satisfaction and improved teaching evaluations. Key challenges included negative impact of video podcasts on student behaviour (attendance and broader engagement), and uncertain impact on learning performance (exam scores). The study highlights the benefit of sequencing the improvements to the learning/teaching process, starting with a module review and revised content, before proceeding towards the integration of learning technologies into the content delivery. More broadly, the paper calls for pedagogy to remain vigilant, critically reflecting on the intricate relationship between educational technologies, teaching content, and the wider socio-political context.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Early online date5 Aug 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • benefits, career prospects, evidence, Technology-enhanced learning, video podcast, ZPD