Before George Washington University renewed its iTunes U contract, the administration wanted to know how the podcasts impacted student learning and engagement.
In fall 2009, the university's Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning studied a world history class of 262 students to find the answer.
But the answer isn't yes or no — the answer depends on the student's learning style, gender and motivation.
“If your goal is to find a magic bullet that makes all students better, this isn’t it," said Hugh Agnew, a professor from the Elliott School of International Affairs who taught the course. "But If your goal is to reach some students better that maybe you aren’t reaching so terribly well, then I think this is worth trying.”