Video podcasts have become one of the fastest developing trends in learning and teaching. The study explored the effect of the presenting mode of educational video podcasts on the learning process and learning outcomes. Prior to viewing a video podcast, the 94 Chinese undergraduates participating in the study completed a demographic questionnaire and prior knowledge test. The learning process was investigated by eye-tracking and the learning outcome by a learning test. The results revealed that the participants using the video podcast with both the instructor and PowerPoint slides gained the best learning outcomes. It was noted that they allocated much more visual attention to the instructor than to the PowerPoint slides. It was additionally found that 22 minutes was the time at which the participants reached the peak of mental fatigue. The results of our study imply that the use of educational technology is culture-bound.
CITATION: Pi, Zhongling, and Jianzhong Hong. “Learning Process and Learning Outcomes of Video Podcasts Including the Instructor and PPT Slides: A Chinese Case.” Innovations in Education and Teaching International. (2016) 53(2). pp. 135-144.