What do on campus students do with mathematics lecture screencasts at a dual-mode Australian university?

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Loch, Birgit. 2010. "What do on campus students do with mathematics lecture screencasts at a dual-mode Australian university? " Green, David (ed.) CETL-MSOR Conference 2009. Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 07 - 08 Sep 2009 Birmingham, United Kingdom .
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What do on campus students do with mathematics lecture screencasts at a dual-mode Australian university?

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AuthorLoch, Birgit
EditorsGreen, David
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 4th Conference on Continuing Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Maths, Stats and OR (CETL-MSOR 2009)
Number of Pages5
Year2010
Place of PublicationBirmingham, United Kingdom
ISBN9780955591471
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.mathstore.ac.uk/index.php?pid=253
Conference/EventCETL-MSOR Conference 2009
Event Details
CETL-MSOR Conference 2009
Event Date
07 to end of 08 Sep 2009
Event Location
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Abstract

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is one of Australia's leading distance education providers, with about three quarters of its students enrolled in distance mode. While it can certainly be argued that screencasted lectures extend learning opportunities for students who cannot physically attend classes by providing a near live lecture experience, the question is raised: Would students who were given a choice and purposely enrolled on campus access these recordings, and if so, for what purpose? This paper uses a case study approach to investigate this question with a first year Operations Research course allowing on campus and distance enrolments. Data analysed and matched to follow individual students' behaviours includes lecture attendance rolls, weekly screencast access on the course Moodle site, anonymous solicited student feedback provided by attendees in the last two lectures and a student survey at the end of semester. While a number of students used the recordings to catch up on missed classes, the majority of enrolled students stated that they attended classes because they had decided to enroll on campus rather than in distance mode, as they valued interaction with the lecturers and the ability to receive an immediate answer to questions.

Keywordsonline learning; distance education; attendance; student behaviour; Moodle site; lectures
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460806. Human-computer interaction
390405. Educational technology and computing
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
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© 2010 The Maths, Stats & OR Network.
This study was undertaken while the author was working at the University of Southern Queensland.

Byline AffiliationsSwinburne University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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