CALI Survey of Law Student Use of Faculty Podcasts

The results of the 2007 CALI Legal Education Podcast survey are now available. (Well, ok – they’ve been available for a while now and I’m just getting around to posting about them.)
Between March and May of 2007 CALI surveyed law students who took courses in which faculty had podcast lectures as part of the Legal Education Podcasting Project. Some of the more interesting findings included:

  • Although 1.7% of students surveyed did indicate that they attended class less often, the vast majority, 82.5%, attended class the same amount and 5% even indicated that they attended class more often than they would have without the podcast. I’ve heard that some faculty fear that if podcasted lectures are available, students would skip class knowing that they could listen later. It would seem that this fear is unfounded.
  • More students used portable MP3 players to listen to podcasts than in last year’s survey (24% vs. 17%), but the PC was the primary listening device.
  • 75% of students rated podcasts value as EXCELLENT or ABOVE AVERAGE. This is consistent with last year’s findings.