n South African Computer Journal - Podcasts for expansive learning : a case of reflective student stories




Most educational opportunities offered by mobile devices which are used by students for entertainment, such as iPods and mp3 players, have not been fully exploited. Although social uses of mobile devices among students is increasingly common, there has been little evidence to demonstrate how socially pervasive devices contribute to student learning. One of the phenomenons changing the higher education landscape is podcasting. However, despite the growing adoption of podcasting in education, not much is known about effective integration of podcasts at pedagogical level to have meaningful impact on student learning. This paper reports on a two-year project that explored the use of podcasts to mediate reflection. The paper draws on expansive learning as espoused by Engestrom to illustrate how podcast mediated tasks escalated learning among students at a higher education institution. The paper analyzed students' reflective stories using deconstruction analysis. The paper concludes that effective educational uses of podcasts require that learning activities are designed for reflection and podcasts used to scaffold the reflection process.


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