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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Lecture attendance and web based lecture technologies: A comparison of student perceptions and usage patterns

by Susan Gribble , Brian Konsky
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Sep 13, 2010 by Teacher Education
Overview: The site presents research funded by ALTC (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) in 2008, conducted by Gosper, et.al. Web based learning technologies (WBLT) were used to enhance a traditional lecture class. Lectopedia was used to record lectures by a single professor. Physical class attendance was compared to the number of times and dates each student accessed a recording stream. There were 148 students in the class with n=108. The researchers concluded that making lecture recordings available online did not have significant impact on lecture attendance. There was no direct correlation between lecture attendance and the final course grade. The study showed that if students perceive something is of value to their learning, they will tend to use it. For further research and consideration- level of engagement impacts student learning.
Learning Goals: The learning goals will be determined by individual instructors.
Target Student Population: College and University students and professors
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: familiarity with research article format
Type of Material: Reference material/case study
Recommended Uses: This article could be used in a technology in education class or any class focusing on integrating technology.
Technical Requirements: Capability to read .pdf files

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The material is timely. Many universities are using lecture capture and this article provides some analysis of its impact. The research article is well written and uses tables and charts.
Concerns: The lecture capture was only audio and was restricted to streaming rather than downloads. There were no significant findings regarding web-based lecture technologies and class attendance, no significant findings regarding attendance and final course grades. Student surveys yielded highest results favoring web-based lecture technologies.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.25 stars
Strengths: The study appears to be carefully constructed and scientifically sound. The research presented made conclusions about student perceptions; if students believe something is important for their coursework, they will use it. The study may be replicated for futher research.
Concerns: The results are not particularly helpful in making decisions about lecture capture. Further research is needed, as indicated by the authors.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to access and the research paper may be easily downloaded.
Concerns: This is an article, rather than an interactive learning object.

Other Issues and Comments: The study may be replicated by other institutions to yield more information and validation.