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Podcasts pay off

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PODCAST lectures are proving hugely popular with students – and can even improve exam results.

Podcast learning is commonplace at MMU Business School, and is increasingly being used by lecturers in the Department of English and elsewhere to aid access to lectures and help revision.

MMUBS students described the use of podcasts as "a huge help to studies" and their availability contributed to the excellent feedback for teaching in the School in the recent National Student Survey.

"Some lecturers are particularly good at making their sessions available to download later and students almost universally wish to see this practice extended across other units and programmes," said MMU Student Union in a report to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

98% approval

On Accounting and Finance courses, the use of podcasts recently received a 98% approval rating.

Moreover, after their introduction, 51% of third-years achieved 60% or more in their end-of-year assessment, up from 40% beforehand. And first-years have seen their average marks up from 49% to 57%.

One student said: "I have studied a number of courses in college and university, but I have not found the learning resources as good and useful as these."

Podcasting at MMU Business School was introduced by lecturers Kieran Maguire and Nick Scott.

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