Kay, R. H. (2012). Exploring the use of video podcasts in education: A comprehensive
review of the literature. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 820-831.
This literature review describes the history, purpose, and different types of video podcasts that can be found in education. According to the research cited in this article, the ability for video podcasts to be used as an educational medium can be attributed to the availability of sites like YouTube and the expansion of high-speed internet. Different types of video podcasts allow for different types of learning to take place. Some video podcasts are set up to substitute lectures, enhance learning with visual and audio explanations, supplement teaching, and provide video explanations of specific problems. This article also describes the trends found when video podcasts are used for educational purposes. Students were able to use this medium to control their learning, view the materials at their leisure, and study for upcoming exams. Through the review of the literature, the author also determined that video podcasts produce positive feelings from students.
The article is well researched and well formatted. It allows the reader to gain an understanding of the history, methods, and impact video podcasts can have on education. This article also provides some recommendations for father research studies to expand the understanding of how video podcasts can impact student learning.
Educators can use this article as a way to learn about how video podcasts have been used and the impact they have had on students. Educational researchers can use this article not only to see what research has currently provided about video podcasting in education but also to look at next steps in better understanding how the medium can be used for learning in different ways and environments. Podcasting is still a relatively untapped medium in many educational circles. This literature review and further study into how it can enhance learning in and out of the classroom could allow for more usage and better learning outcomes for students who need on the go or just in time learning opportunities.