A three year case study of using audio to blend the engineer’s learning environment

NORTCLIFFE, A. and MIDDLETON, A. (2008). A three year case study of using audio to blend the engineer’s learning environment. Engineering education: journal of the Higher Education Academy engineering subject centre, 3 (2), 45-57.

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Abstract

A blended approach to learning, teaching and assessment has been part of curriculum design in the teaching of software engineering at Sheffield Hallam University since 2003 when the Blackboard virtual learning environment (VLE) was first used alongside lectures and laboratory-based assignments. In seeking a greater degree of integration between physical and virtual learning spaces we have been keen to explore how digital audio can be used to engage and develop students. Digital audio has shown itself to be a simple medium to work with and distribute. Its essential value has proven to be in how it supports access to the disparate voices available in education. We have developed several ideas, including audio notes to support lectures, educational podcasting and audio feedback to bridge the virtual and physical environments in order to offer a richer, more meaningful and formative learning experience. Our recent work has shown that digital audio is generally accessible to, and valued by, students and that it can lead to greater ongoing engagement in the module. This paper focuses on the formative feed forward potential of this flexible medium and illustrates how we have built upon initial successes by improving the design and integration of audio feedback. It describes how the techniques have been used to promote an holistic blended learning environment and how this has affected both the student and the tutor.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Quality Enhancement and Student Success
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 16:28
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2010 16:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1680

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