Enhancing learning from lectures with epistemic primer podcasts activity - A pilot study

Anguelina Popova, Paul A. Kirschner, Richard Joiner

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This study presents a pilot investigation using primer podcasts in a full-cycle epistemic activity, to prepare students for lectures in developmental psychology and support them make the most out of them. Since it is the first time podcasts are used in the course, students' appreciation of the podcasts and evaluation of their effectiveness on learning, are researched. The results show that such podcasts are experienced as motivational and beneficial for better understanding of the learning material, and that they stimulate students to engage in reflective activities. The study also demonstrates that students appreciate podcasts as part of a full-cycle epistemic activity which makes them reflect more deeply on the topics they study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-337
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Learning Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Adjunct epistemic questions
  • Advance organisers
  • Audio
  • Epistemic activities
  • Full-cycle epistemic activity
  • Learning
  • Podcasts
  • Primer podcasts
  • Reflection


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