Educational Mini Clips (Podcasts)

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Educational Mini Clips (Podcasts)

  1. 1. Examining the Use of Educational Mini-Clips in Online Learning Dr. Robin Kay UOIT Oshawa, Canada
  2. 2. UOIT • Started in 2003 • 6000+ Students • Laptop based university • Masters and PhD programs online
  3. 3. And you? Instructors? Researchers? Used Web-Based Learning Tools?
  4. 4. Overview What is a Mini-Clip? Advantages Creating Mini-Clips Pre-Calculus Study Results Conclusions
  5. 5. What is a Mini-Clip? 2-5 minute instructional video clip that focuses on a specific task or problem Small, focussed, web accessible with VCR type controls
  6. 6. Sample Mini-Clip Solving Rational Equations Complete Set is at: faculty.uoit.ca/kay/precalc2
  7. 7. Advantages for Students Alternative to the text-based instructions Can view clips at their own pace Can view clips anytime Can view clips to work ahead Good review for tests Access to multiple methods & explanations Equity in education
  8. 8. Advantages for Instructors Saves time (in the long run) Can develop explanation skills Help tutors understand the course Can review/learn content Can share ideas, explanations and strategies with colleagues
  9. 9. Creating Clips $20 Free $200 Free $150 Free
  10. 10. Pre-Calculus Study 1st year students had weak pre-calculus knowledge Posted mini-clips 3 weeks before a diagnostic test 289 engineering & science students 189 males, 100 females
  11. 11. Results - Overview Frequency of Use Mini-clips visited 4681 times Average time per visit was 6 min (358 sec) Usefulness 87% of students rated mini clips as useful or very useful
  12. 12. Results - Survey Item Mean Easy to follow 4.5 Helpful because I could do them on my own time 4.4 Math problems were explained well 4.3 Liked using better than textbook 4.2 Helped me understand math concepts better 4.2 Good tips were provided 4.1 Liked doing the student problem 3.9
  13. 13. Results – Learning Performance Topic Where Mini Clips Used Change in Knowledge Operations with Functions 0.27 ** Solving Equations 0.14 * Linear Functions 0.22 ** Exponents & Log Functions 0.27 ** Trigonometric Functions 0.25 ** * p < .05 ** p < .01
  14. 14. Conclusions Students liked using mini-clips ◦ Easy to use ◦ Control over use ◦ Helped learning ◦ Better than just text Use of mini-clips was positively correlated with perceived change in students knowledge
  15. 15. Practical Implications Mini-clips are a viable, useful resource to help student learning Potential to save time More closely match current student’s learning style
  16. 16. Mini-Clips Collections Pre-Calculus Clips http://faculty.uoit.ca/kay/precalc2 Calculus Clips http://faculty.uoit.ca/kay/calc/math1000/ Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/
  17. 17. Future Research - Resources Future Research ◦ More data is needed ◦ Quality of Explanation ◦ Looking for Partnerships Website ◦ faculty.uoit.ca/kay/mc Contact Information ◦ robin.kay@uoit.ca

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