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A preliminary study of podcasting in developing higher education institutions: A South African case

Raymond Mugwanya (Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)
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Gary Marsden (Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)
Richard Boateng (College of Business, International Center for Information Technology and Development, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)

Journal of Systems and Information Technology

ISSN: 1328-7265

Article publication date: 16 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on podcasting experience by faculty and students in a South African higher education institution (HEI), identify issues, limitations and discuss implications for the design of future tools.

Design/methodology/approach

This work consisted of two parts: semi‐structured interviews with lecturers, content/curriculum developers and a student survey.

Findings

Rogers's diffusion of innovations theory provided the framework for this research including determining how new innovations are disseminated, their rate of adoption, the five‐stage decision‐making process for adoption and the characteristics an innovation must possess to be attractive to adopters. The methodology used relied heavily on descriptive and qualitative data analyses in order to determine the current podcasting practices and experiences. Results reveal that by assuming some of the respondents are “innovators” or “early adopters”, they are still in the early stages of the decision‐making process.

Research limitations/implications

Some instructors who are identified as “early adopters” are experimenting with podcasting as an add‐on to existing lecture resources. However, innovations and their subsequent adoption require an understanding of lecturers' and students' perceptions, opportunities and challenges.

Originality/value

Podcasting in developing HEIs and the tools therein to support the process has not been given much attention. The context of this study is the first kind of empirical research in this area. The findings from this exploratory research will be valuable for podcasting users.

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Citation

Mugwanya, R., Marsden, G. and Boateng, R. (2011), "A preliminary study of podcasting in developing higher education institutions: A South African case", Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 268-285. https://doi.org/10.1108/13287261111164853

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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