Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

The "double life" of an i-Pod: a case study of the educational potential of new technologies

By Palitha Edirisingha


Abstract of short paper presented at Online Educa 2006, Berlin, 29th November to 1st December 2006This presentation outlines a case study conducted at the University of Leicester in the UK to examine the learning opportunities offered by technological developments in information and entertainment domains. The study forms a part of a national research project funded by the UK Higher Education Academy to examine student learning experiences through new e-learning technologies. The study explores how a ‘peripheral technology’, originally intended for entertainment and business can become a ‘core technology’ and be integrated into an institutional learning technology. The peripheral technology explored in the case study is the delivery of MP3 files for students to use via mobile devices with MP3 play back facility, such as iPods, dedicated MP3 players, and laptops – a simple form of technology that can be created by teachers with limited resources. Evidence of how student learning was supported by podcasts will be presented and an early model of creating pedagogically sound podcasts is outlined. [Text from the Introduction

Year: 2007
OAI identifier:

Suggested articles


  1. (2005). An MP3 a day keeps the worries away: Exploring the use of podcasting to address preconceptions and alleviate pre-class anxiety amongst undergraduate information technology students.
  2. (2000). E-moderating: The key to teaching and learning online, doi
  3. (2002). E-tivities: The key to active online learning, doi
  4. (2006). Emerging Technologies - Going to the MALL:
  5. (2005). Flying not flapping: strategic framework for e-learning and pedagogical innovation in higher education institutions, doi
  6. (2004). iPod-learning,
  7. (1984). Media in course design, No. 9, audio cassettes.
  8. (2006). Profcasting: a pilot study and a model for integrating podcasts into online learning, a paper presented at the EDEN
  9. (1981). Radio: the forgotten medium? Studies in the use of radio programming and audiocassettes in Open University courses.
  10. (1986). Some didactic aspects of audio cassettes in distance education, doi
  11. (1998). Tape recorders and the commuter student: Bypassing the red pen,
  12. (2001). The Effect of Instructor’s Use of Audio E-mail Messages on Student Participation in and Perceptions of Online Learning: a preliminary case study, doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.