Podcast lectures for uni students I’m a little sceptical of the reasoning; though the article covers a bit more than the video. In the video, a lot is made of the getting your biochemistry alongside your blur. No mention is made in the video of the fact that students can text questions to Dr. Ashraf & he’ll answer via his blog, which is useful. However, as one student pointed out, the first lecture is fun, but what about the rest?
I can see the value of having podcast lectures to supplement face to face lectures – as is being done increasingly ( iLectures in Australia, Stanford in the US). I get the impression from most of these sites that the lectures are podcast and are available to students after the lecture, if they missed them, for revision etc. However, in order to replace them fully, I think that more than just a lecture & texting is needed.
The other thing that concerns me, particularly in the case of Stanford (not seen Dr. Ashraf’s), is the tying to a particular platform. I couldn’t access the Stanford podcasts, even on my PC, as I’ve not installed iTunes – (I don’t like all the “extras” that Quick Time installs, so I use Media Player Classic & relevant codecs to allow me to play just about any media file I want in a single player). The fact that you have to install software to download them, even if you don’t have an iPod, just to listen to them on a PC, would mean that Stanford is closed to all our students – as they can’t install software & iTunes isn’t a part of the standard set up. Which is a shame, as they’re available to all.
The iLectures site, on the other hand, offers a range of formats & levels of quality. So, while they don’t make their lectures freely available as Stanford do, at least their students have a wide range of options for access.
So, my verdict; I’m very unsure of a total replacement – to supplement I think it’s a really good idea. But, make sure that as many students as possible can access them! (I’m not even going to think about asking what hearing impaired students do…)