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The participation and performance podcast: exploring new approaches to teaching sport and exercise psychology

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Purpose: Create and trial a podcast series to support undergraduate student learning of sport and exercise psychology (SEP) content.

Background: With growing numbers of students accepted onto undergraduate degree programmes, a rising concern for academic staff is ensuring that all students are adequately supported to progress through their studies. Increasingly, staff cite poor student engagement (e.g., lack of interaction with learning resources) as a barrier to learning, with students also commenting that the timing and length of lectures result in non-attendance. A challenge faced by staff, therefore, is to generate alternative or supplementary methods of educational delivery which overcome these issues and stimulate students’ engagement in their learning.

Methods: The Participation and Performance Podcast was created and five episodes were released to students. The podcast captured discussions between the host and experts as they explored and examined core and contemporary areas of SEP (e.g., stress and coping, sedentary behaviour). Each episode was aligned to taught content and therefore offered students a supplementary resource to support their acquisition of subject knowledge alongside existing materials. However, unlike traditional teaching methods, the podcast was available as an audio resource for students to download and listen to at their own convenience.

Conclusions: Student feedback indicated better understanding and interest in SEP after listening to the podcast. However, despite indicating high levels of intention to use the podcast to assist revision, students’ access of the resource was low. Impact on student attainment and reflections on the experience of creating a podcast will also be presented.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2019
EventThe British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Annual Conference - Solihull, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Dec 20193 Dec 2019


ConferenceThe British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Annual Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom

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