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Use of Short Podcasts to Reinforce Learning Outcomes in Biology

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education Volume 37, Number 5, ISSN 1470-8175


Podcasts are audio or video files which can be automatically downloaded to one's computer when the episodes become available, then later transferred to a portable player for listening. The technology thereby enables the user to listen to and/or watch the content anywhere at any time. Formerly popular as radio shows, podcasting was rapidly explored and used in different areas and with several purposes, due to the facility of its production, editing, and distribution. Higher education was no exception and several universities around the world, aware of the audio power of easy online access, have been stimulating the use of podcasts. In 2007, the authors started a project at the University of Minho, in Portugal, regarding the implementation of podcasts in higher education and the evaluation of its impacts on students and teachers from different scientific domains. This paper describes the exploratory study conducted in 2007/2008, in Heredity and Evolution, a curricular unit of the second year of Graduation in Applied Biology. The exploratory study showed that the use of podcasts was an accepted innovation for students, and supports further and new uses of this resource in pedagogical environments. The experience was also considered positive by the lecturer, who intends to continue using this tool as well as to explore other podcasts potentialities. (Contains 1 table.)


Aguiar, C., Carvalho, A.A. & Carvalho, C.J. (2009). Use of Short Podcasts to Reinforce Learning Outcomes in Biology. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 37(5), 287-289. Retrieved June 27, 2019 from .

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