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 2012 article is a review of 53 research articles from 2002 to 2011 on the role of video podcasts in education. It offers a complete breakdown of various types of video podcasts and explores the methods used to research their effectiveness. Results of the previous studies are detailed and presented as well as suggestions for future research in this area.
The author does a thorough job of breakdown the aspects of video podcasts that were examined in the articles reviewed. Results from the research reviewed were coded and evaluated. A meta-analysis was not done due to the variants among the studies including type of video podcasts, method of analyzing data, and focus of study. Results are presented clearly in tables where data has been categorized and detailed, with summaries broken down to show how many studies of the 53 fell into each category. It is stated that almost half of the articles reviewed reported finding students’ cognitive attitudes were positive with respect to video podcasts, citing that they like the ability to choose when and where they could access the videos and at what pace they would be learning.
Technology education, especially in the online and blended formats, most certainly uses video podcasts as a medium for presenting information. The challenges put forth in this article for future research are valid and provide guidance for more focused research. For example, video podcasts that are used in math or science to present explanations of concepts and problems must be viewed differently than those designed to impart historical facts. The details of in type of podcasts and the sample of the study must have clarity. Now that video is a prominent part of education in many online and blended environments, the research must be more focused to afford a clearer look at its effectiveness for learners.