Effects of primer podcasts on stimulating learning from lectures: How do students engage?

Anguelina Popova, P.A. Kirschner, Richard Joiner

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    A number of factors can influence learning from lectures such as students’ prior knowledge, their motivation, the instructional design, the lecturer and so forth. Instructional aid techniques such as preparing class notes, giving quizzes (either planned or spot quizzes) and the like can be used to maximise learning. This study uses two welldocumented tools for learning from text—advance organisers and higher order questions— adapted for use with podcasts. Student evaluations of their experience of being primed for lectures with podcasts are described. The findings show that audio advance organisers and questions experienced by students have a positive influence on learning, because they help students bridge the conceptual distance between new and prior knowledge, better understand the topics in the lectures and stimulate thinking more deeply about the lecture’s content and the possible applications of the subject of the lecture
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)330-339
    Number of pages10
    JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
    Issue number2
    Early online date27 Feb 2013
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


    • Primer podcasts
    • Learning from Lactures
    • Instructional aid techniques
    • advance organisers techniques
    • higher order questionshniques


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