Using podcasts/audio downloads and an electronic voting system to transform a traditionally delivered module into a blended learning module
At the authors‟ institution, blended learning is defined as “educational provision where high quality e-learning opportunities and excellent campus-based learning are combined or blended in coherent, reflective and innovative ways so that learning is enhanced and choice is increased. Students are at the centre of this vision”. The paper outlines a work in progress that investigates how podcasts, audio file downloads and use of an electronic voting system (EVS) can be used to transform module delivery. The module, has previously been delivered traditionally and has now been evolved into a blended learning module. The purpose is to enhance students' learning and increase flexibility in how, when and where they study. The paper includes the context for the alteration in the structure of the module delivery. At the current stage a mid-point student evaluation has been undertaken. The final report will include a student evaluation and also staff perspectives of the process. The findings will be of relevance for module/course leaders or tutors, seeking to develop blended learning approaches to module/course delivery. The findings can be used to inform changes in curriculum design and are applicable across a range of disciplines.