The impact of podcasting on the learning and satisfaction of undergraduate nursing students

Nurse Educ Pract. 2010 Jan;10(1):38-42. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2009.03.006. Epub 2009 Sep 24.


Nursing education has evolved from traditional pedagogical models to current methods using technology for knowledge acquisition. Podcasting is one example of teaching methodology used in higher education. Studies demonstrate positive student satisfaction with podcasting, but there is limited data related to knowledge acquisition. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of podcasting on nursing student learning and satisfaction. Two classes of junior baccalaureate nursing students had scores on selected exam questions compared. The 2007 class (n=63) had select content presented in traditional lecture format where the 2008 class (n=57) had the same content presented via podcast. Both methods used the same faculty and exam questions. The 2008 class completed a satisfaction survey. Results indicated no significant difference in correct responses on exam questions. Exam scores were better with the first podcast, equal for the second, and worse with the third podcast. Students were overall satisfied with the podcasting experience and commented positively on its portability and flexibility. This study contributes to the knowledge base of podcasting effectiveness and raises the question of evaluation of new teaching methodologies. Must an increase in learning occur for new methods to be considered effective, or is positive student satisfaction adequate to encourage the adoption of new technology methods?

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Data Collection
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation
  • Teaching / methods
  • Webcasts as Topic*