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Learning Out Loud: How Does It Impact the Online Student Learning Experience?

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Are we doing it wrong? Most online students never speak in their online classes. This ongoing study presents data about how asynchronous voice discussions (using VoiceThread) impact the online student experience. Survey results from four consecutive semesters are included.

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Learning Out Loud: How Does It Impact the Online Student Learning Experience?

  1. 1. LEARNING OUT LOUD Michelle Pacansky-Brock brocansky.com How does it impact the online st:dent lear;ing ex>erience? @brocansky CC-BY Gustavo Devito
  2. 2. Context • A fully online class at a community college in California. • General education course (History of Still Photography) • Most activities give students the choice to comment in text, voice, or video. • First activity (ice breaker) requires students to use voice or video. • Tool used: VoiceThread (with sitewide license/LTI Integration) • Survey conducted each semester in the same class for four consecutive terms.
  3. 3. Week 4 Survey (after 3 VTs, 1 req’d voice/video commenting). very nervous not nervous n=109 How nervous were you when you left your first voice/video comment? 0 10 20 30 40 1 2 3 4 5
  4. 4. Now when you comment in voice/video, how nervous are you? Week 4 Survey (after 3 VTs, 1 req’d voice/video commenting). very nervous not nervous n=109 0 10 20 30 40 1 2 3 4 5
  5. 5. When given a choice, which commenting format do you prefer? Week 4 Survey (after 3 VTs, 1 req’d voice/video commenting). n=109 0 17.5 35 52.5 70 Text Voice Video
  6. 6. CC-BY-NC-SA By Coofdy a social-emotional speed bump?
  7. 7. So far, I think VoiceThread has added value to my online learning experience. Week 4 Survey (after 3 VTs, 1 req’d voice/video commenting). n=109 0 20 40 60 80 Agree Neutral Disagree
  8. 8. Commenting in VoiceThread is: 1 5 Week 4 Survey (after 3 VTs, 1 req’d voice/video commenting). easy difficult n=109 71% 17% 6% 3% 1%
  9. 9. End of Semester Survey •work in progress •1 class surveyed each term for 4 consecutive terms •anonymous
  10. 10. 0 10 20 30 40 Age n=78 49% 19% 12%14% 2% 1%1% under 18 18-24 25-32 33-40 41-50 51-60 decline to state
  11. 11. Race/Ethnicity 13 25 38 50 W hite/C aucasian H Ispanic/Latino A sian/Pacific IslandN ative A m erican IndianA frican A m erican/B lack M ixed O ther D ecline to State n=59 57% 20% 7% 3% 3% 6% 4% n=92
  12. 12. Was this your first experience using VoiceThread? 0 22.5 45 67.5 90 Yes No n=82 99% 1%
  13. 13. 0 12.5 25 37.5 50 Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree 86% The voice activities contributed to making me feel like I was part of a group. n=82 56% 30% 13% 1%
  14. 14. 0 10 20 30 40 Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree Throughout the course I noticed an improvement in my ability to speak more clearly in the voice/video comments. n=82 47% 34% 17% 1% 81%
  15. 15. The ability to communicate effectively with online voice/ video communications is an important 21st century skill. Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree n=59 60% 30% 5% 90%
  16. 16. Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree This class increased my confidence with using online voice/video technologies. n=82 51% 42% 7% 93%
  17. 17. If you have completed an online class before this one, was this the first time you have been required to participate in voice? Yes No n=55 83% 13%
  18. 18. Being able to listen to my peers (vs. reading all their comments) improved my ability to reach the learning objectives in this course. 0 12.5 25 37.5 50 Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree n=82 60% 28% 12% 95%
  19. 19. When I left voice comments I remembered more of the information compared to when I left text comments. Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree n= 82 57% 25% 15% 3% 82%
  20. 20. More online classes should use voice discussions. Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree n= 69 36% 36% 25% 6% 72%
  21. 21. CC-BY-NC-SA Zanthia “I can say that all of my other online classes, I remember maybe one name from the class and that is because I knew them in real life. I feel like I ‘know’ most of my classmates because of the activities assigned.”
  22. 22. CC-BY-NC-SA Zanthia “I feel like we got to know each other better. I actually recognized a classmate at my children's Taekwondo class because of the sound of her voice!”
  23. 23. CC-BY-NC-SA Zanthia “Listening gave me a better understanding of the material. In the showcase assignments, you could actually hear the passion in the speakers’ voices for their photographer.”
  24. 24. CC-BY-NC-SA Zanthia “Yes, it feels more personal and intimate which I think helps you retain what you are learning.”
  25. 25. CC-BY-NC-SA Zanthia “I enjoyed it more.”
  26. 26. CC-BY-NC-SA Zanthia “I think speaking…engaged me more…It is easy for online students to feel a disconnect… Having to … speak and …directly engage a fellow student through voice makes you feel a part of an actual class.”
  27. 27. CC-BY JD Hancock “…having to say the words helped me understand what I was talking about better than if I had just been writing it down.” How did speaking (vs. writing all your assignments) affect your learning?
  28. 28. CC-BY JD Hancock
  29. 29. CC-BY JD Hancock “I found ... that I would ... unearth more thoughts and opinions as I spoke them out loud while looking at the content, as opposed to looking at the content, forming an opinion, then looking at my text as I wrote it.”
  30. 30. CC-BY JD Hancock “…it made me re-evaluate my answers. Mostly because I didn't want to sound like I had no idea what I was talking about. Plus when you write something down there is not much emotion to it and being able to speak out loud my ideas made me feel like I could connect and explain the material better.” Were there any benefits to being able to hear your peers’ comments?
  31. 31. CC-BY JD Hancock How did speaking (vs. writing all your assignments) affect your learning? “I felt the need to more fully research the material before leaving comments. I wanted to sound proficient when discussing questions in voice comments.”
  32. 32. CC-BY JD Hancock “I felt more motivated to produce a better quality assignment.” How did speaking (vs. writing all your assignments) affect your learning?
  33. 33. CC-BY JD Hancock “I was able to remember more information because when I read something I often get distracted and it’s harder for me to retain information.” How did speaking (vs. writing all your assignments) affect your learning?
  34. 34. CC-BY JD Hancock “It made me more conscious of what I was saying, which helped me understand it more.” How did speaking (vs. writing all your assignments) affect your learning?
  35. 35. CC-BY JD Hancock “It made me feel knowledgeable…” How did speaking (vs. writing all your assignments) affect your learning?
  36. 36. CC-BY JD Hancock “I felt very responsible to know the subject matter.” How did speaking (vs. writing all your assignments) affect your learning?
  37. 37. I think it's a great tool to help people who may have trouble with social situations, hence their reason for taking online classes, break out of their shell a bit more. CC-BY kodomut.com
  38. 38. “I feel that taking this class and having been required to push myself to leave voice comments has helped me learn that I am capable of overcoming my fears of embarrassment.” CC-BY kodomut.com
  39. 39. CC-BY kodomut.com Having a teacher that is involved and is talking to you constantly, keeps the lines of communication open. Learning is easier because the teacher is approachable. You can actually see the passion for the subject in the teacher voice messages.
  40. 40. “I did not like the voicethread activities. I don't feel that it added to my learning experience since it is not a speech or public speaking class.” CC-BY kodomut.com What drawbacks were there to being required to speak?
  41. 41. “None really, other than me tripping over my tongue and having to re- record a lot. But that gets better as you get more comfortable with it.” CC-BY kodomut.com Were there any drawbacks to being required to speak?
  42. 42. “For me, working them around my noisy (and consistently busy) family and house. I also had to buy a microphone for my comments, but acquiring materials is just a part of school.” CC-BY kodomut.com Were there any drawbacks to being required to speak?
  43. 43. “I don't think it affected my learning in any way. But, it did make things more interesting.” CC-BY kodomut.com Were there any drawbacks to being required to speak?
  44. 44. “My biggest challenge was to try and sound like I wasnt reading from what I had typed. I felt too nervous most of the time to just "wing it". I tried to make myself sound more natural. “ CC-BY kodomut.com Were there any drawbacks to being required to speak?
  45. 45. CC-BY Gustavo Devito Were there any drawbacks to being required to speak? “At first, I was nervous ...but ... I found [VoiceThread to] be most useful. It was fun and made the class more interactive. In my opinion, the online class would be a bit boring without VoiceThread.”
  46. 46. Photo by JasonSamfield CC-BY-NC-SA • Make students nervous (78%). • Reduce anxiety in students in just 3 weeks (from 78% to 12%). • Voice discussions improve the sense of being part of a group (91%). • Are preferred over text comments (66%). • Contribute to a perceived improvement in students’ communication skills (89%). • Increases retention of information (89%). • Improves students’ ability to reach learning objectives (95%). • Using voice discussions supports diverse learning needs. • Most online students (85%) do not speak in their classes. • Most online students (81%) want voice discussions to be used in more classes. Findings Asynchronous voice discussions in an online community college class: Pacansky-Brock, 2014. Most data collected in one class each semester for four semesters (Fall 2012- Sp 2014). n=59
  47. 47. Implications • Additional accessibility support would be required for captioning of content when a text accommodation to voice content is necessary in a class. • LTI Integration of VoiceThread requires a department or site license (auto-embedding, grade from the gradebook, student accounts can be auto-generated). CC-BY-NC-SA By DigiD

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