A HUDDERSFIELD lecturer has been short listed for a prestigious national award.
Dr Bill Ashraf, of Marsh, has been nominated for a Times Higher Award for his work in moving university lectures into the new digital age.
Dr Ashraf is a senior lecturer in microbiology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford.
Earlier this year he made national headlines as the first UK academic to publish his lectures to the world's most popular music store, iTunes.
Dr Ashraf said: "Today's students spend more time online playing and sharing music and chatting on social networking sites.
"They're used to using the web to study. Podcasting is a new form of e-learning and it provides ultimate flexibility."
The new approach has been extremely popular with students, especially those who are part-time or those juggling their studies with family life.
Dr Ashraf added: "The podcasting approach can more easily reach and engage with students on the internet and via their MP3 players, laptops and mobile phones.
"It allows students to listen whenever and wherever they choose, and can review a lecture easily and quickly."
He has also launched a text message service for students to ask questions about lecture material.
He believes students are more likely to speak out about things they are unsure of with this new technique.
"Asking a question in a large group can be very embarrassing for some students and it became apparent that students weren't asking questions because they didn't want to look stupid," he added.