Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Delores E. McNair

First Committee Member

Linda Webster

Second Committee Member

Rod Githens


This study examined how and why faculty adopt podcasting as an instructional technology tool in their teaching. Podcasting is an instructional technology tool being used for teaching and learning in higher education. Faculty may record lectures with audio, video, and/or PowerPoint slides to instruct students on class material. Students may access podcasts at their convenience through various devices, including mobile devices and computers. Research has shown that students who use podcasts to study for tests tend to perform more successfully on tests. This study was a qualitative multiple case study of seven California community college faculty using podcasting as an instructional technology in their teaching. Email and telephone interviews were conducted to obtain data for this study. Rogers’ diffusion of innovations theory, and specifically the perceived attributes of innovation and their rate of adoption, was the theoretical framework used in this study to help explain how faculty develop attitudes and behavior toward podcasting as a teaching tool in higher education and to provide a context for faculty adoption of podcasting as a teaching tool in higher education. This study revealed seven themes that informed how and why faculty adopt podcasting in their teaching, as well as constraints to adopting podcasting. The seven themes identified in this research using Rogers’ perceived attributes of diffusion of innovations framework and their rate of adoption (PADIRA) are: (a) Apprehension, (b) Flexibility, (c) Organization, (d) Personal Gratification, (e) Student Outcomes, (f) Technological Capacity, and (g) Training. Given the demonstrated potential of podcasting technology for enhancing teaching and learning, this study of perceived benefits and constraints faced by California community college instructors when adopting podcasting in their classroom teaching has provided insights into instructional technology adaptation issues in higher education.





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