Podcasting of health sciences lectures: Benefits for students from a non-English speaking background


  • Karma Pearce University of South Australia
  • Sheila Scutter University of South Australia




Podcasting in higher education is the presentation of study material in digital format that can be downloaded as audio or video files onto a MP3 player or computer. These files can then be accessed anywhere and at any time students choose. The use of podcasting is now widespread amongst undergraduate students, yet their application to the specific needs of students with a non English speaking background (NESB) is largely unknown. The findings of this study are based on a survey of 404 NESB and 708 native English speaking Health Science undergraduate students at the University of South Australia. Ninety percent of NESB students accessed podcasts of undergraduate lectures, with the majority listening to more than 15 podcasts during each semester. The availability of podcasts had limited effect on attendance at lectures. M-learning (mobile learning) was not popular amongst NESB students compared to other students. They preferred to listen to audio recordings of the whole lecture from a computer in conjunction with the PowerPoint presentation. This study suggests the use of podcasts as a revision tool has obvious benefits as perceived by undergraduate NESB students in terms of their learning in face to face classes and when reviewing and revising complex material.


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Author Biographies

Karma Pearce, University of South Australia

Program Director, Nutrition and Food Sciences School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
University of South Australia

Sheila Scutter, University of South Australia

School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia




How to Cite

Pearce, K., & Scutter, S. (2010). Podcasting of health sciences lectures: Benefits for students from a non-English speaking background. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(7). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1032