Monday, October 6, 2008

Online Lectures vs Traditional Classes: Study results

What do today’s undergraduate students expect from their educational experience? Online lectures are moving to the top of the list, according to a new study released by the University of Wisconsin E-Business Institute and Sonic Foundry, Inc. Set against the backdrop of a national trend for webcasting college lectures, the study was designed to understand student attitudes regarding the addition of lecture capture to existing courses. One key finding shows an overwhelming 82 percent of the undergraduates in the sample would prefer a course that records and streams lecture content online vs. courses that only feature in-room instruction. One respondent said, "I would love to have online lectures in addition to normal lectures - focusing on listening and comprehension during class is very important to me and extremely difficult if I am also simultaneously scribbling notes" ( )

This study suggests not only a willingness but a “clear preference” among undergraduates for “lecture capture,” the technology that records, streams and stores what happens in the classroom for concurrent or later viewing. Both Campus Technology and Inside Higher Ed discuss this new study. (iLibrarian blog)

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