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An evaluation of learner-generated content and podcasting

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Author(s): Crispin Dale | Ghislane Povey

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 117;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: podcasting | learner-generated content | heritage attractions

ABSTRACT
The adoption of podcasting as a delivery mechanism within higher education is becoming more pervasive. Podcasting can offer great potential when used as a strategy for learners to generate content to be shared with their peer group. This study explores the use of podcasting as a means of developing learner-generated content within a third-year undergraduate module called Heritage Management. In groups, students had to produce a podcast for a heritage attraction which could be used by tourists as a visitor guide. As part of a weekly blog, students reflected upon their learning process in the development of the podcast. The findings suggest that the activity develops a range of academic and practical skills that have the potential to enhance the students’ employability.
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