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'Facts or Fantasy', Implementing Podcast Based Supplemental Instruction in An Open Distance Learning Context: The Case of The Univerisity of South Africa (Unisa)


This study explores the feasibility of implementing a supplemental instruction (SI) programme at Unisa using audio podcasting technology. It addresses high failure and dropout rates among first-year students enrolled in “high-risk” modules. A designation of “high risk” for a module makes no prejudicial comment about the course lecturer/s or students; it merely denotes that over an extended period a sizeable number of students enrolled in these modules fail to meet the expected level of performance. The study aligns itself with Unisa’s drive towards the creative use of technology, as it proposes podcasting as a channel for SI. SI is aimed at helping students registered in “at-risk” modules to develop the use of metacognitive skills and enhancing their motivation and academic performance, thus becoming more independent and proactive learners. Since participation in SI is completely voluntary, not all students might volunteer to participate. At the end of the first semester or year of implementation of SI, evaluation will be undertaken to establish whether there is a significant difference between the performance of SI participants and non-participants. Both groups of students will be invited to reflect on their experiences of the module/s. These students’ participation in other interventions such as e-tutoring would not stop.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : TOJDEL (The Online Journal of Distance Education and e-Learning)
  • Yıl : 2013
  • Cilt : 1
  • ISSN : 2147-6454
  • Sayı : 1
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 0-0
  • IO Kayıt No : 14093
  • Yayıncı : Sakarya Üniversitesi Yayınları