From Theory to Practice: Student Podcasting through Online Learning Environments in Political Science




Active learning, online environments, political science, political theory, podcasting


This work aims to advance on the systematization of teaching experiences in the formulation of evaluation activities, mediated by ICT, for academic and professional training in the field of Political Science. It explores the usefulness of student podcasting as a didactic strategy for theoretical-active learning in digital university environments during COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the design of an assessment questionnaire and a non-probabilistic convenience sampling strategy, a survey has been administered to N=40 students from two theoretical undergraduate courses of the School of Political Science at the University of Costa Rica, taught during two semesters in 2020. The article reviews the related results according to the degree of satisfaction with podcasting as a way of evaluating the appropriation of theoretical content. It is concluded by arguing that this teaching-learning methodology helps to facilitate among students’ new ways of "putting theory into practice", this through the exercise of creative, reflective skills and theoretical-conceptual argumentation according to the creation of student-made podcasts, based on work on theoretical lines and conceptual proposals of relevance to Political Science.

Author Biographies

Ximena Alvarenga Fournier, University of Costa Rica

Ximena Alvarenga has a degree in Political Science, a teacher of several courses at the School of Political Sciences of the University of Costa Rica (UCR). She is a Master's student in Virtual Learning Environments and Virtual Teaching Methodologies. She works on projects related to cultural management, virtual teaching and virtualization of training programs.

Ronald Sáenz Leandro, University of Costa Rica

Ronald Sáenz has a degree in Political Science and a Master's in Latin American Studies. He currently works as a teacher at the UCR School of Political Sciences and as a researcher at the Social Research Institute (IIS-UCR) and at the Central America Historical Research Center (CIHAC). He works on projects related to comparative politics, research methodology and science, technology and society studies.


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