Event Title

Student utilization of course podcasting and bloggings in optometric education

Location

HPD South Atrium

Format

Poster

Start Date

16-1-2010 11:30 AM

End Date

16-1-2010 12:30 PM

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Blogs and podcasts are syndicated text, audio, or video files that are updated regularly covering many topics. The use of podcasts and course blogs has received much positive attention in the College of Optometry. Our understanding how millennial students are using this technology is of great interest. Studying how these resources are used in the academic setting can prove useful to the educator looking for novel ideas to reach this generation of professional students.

PURPOSE: This survey examined the usefulness and utilization of blogs and podcasts by Optometry students. Our secondary objective is to motivate other educators to integrate this technology into their courses.

METHODOLOGY: In this study, we emailed a link to an anonymous online survey to gather information regarding student utilization of podcasting and blogging in the Optometric Curriculum at Nova Southeastern University. The survey was strictly voluntary with no penalty to the student for lack of participation. The survey remained active for a two-week period.

RESULTS: Students agreed that blogs (66.89%) and podcasts (70.95%) are a useful component to a course's online presence. We found that 77% of the students reported using blogs and podcasts on a regular basis, primarily for exam preparation and supplementary information gained in lectures.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data tells us that our students are using both blogs and podcasts on a regular basis if the resource is available to them. They also feel that this technology is indeed a useful part of their educational experience.

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Student utilization of course podcasting and bloggings in optometric education

HPD South Atrium

INTRODUCTION: Blogs and podcasts are syndicated text, audio, or video files that are updated regularly covering many topics. The use of podcasts and course blogs has received much positive attention in the College of Optometry. Our understanding how millennial students are using this technology is of great interest. Studying how these resources are used in the academic setting can prove useful to the educator looking for novel ideas to reach this generation of professional students.

PURPOSE: This survey examined the usefulness and utilization of blogs and podcasts by Optometry students. Our secondary objective is to motivate other educators to integrate this technology into their courses.

METHODOLOGY: In this study, we emailed a link to an anonymous online survey to gather information regarding student utilization of podcasting and blogging in the Optometric Curriculum at Nova Southeastern University. The survey was strictly voluntary with no penalty to the student for lack of participation. The survey remained active for a two-week period.

RESULTS: Students agreed that blogs (66.89%) and podcasts (70.95%) are a useful component to a course's online presence. We found that 77% of the students reported using blogs and podcasts on a regular basis, primarily for exam preparation and supplementary information gained in lectures.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data tells us that our students are using both blogs and podcasts on a regular basis if the resource is available to them. They also feel that this technology is indeed a useful part of their educational experience.