ERIC Number: EJ1129802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
A Survey of First-Year Biology Student Opinions Regarding Live Lectures and Recorded Lectures as Learning Tools
Simcock, D. C.; Chua, W. H.; Hekman, M.; Levin, M. T.; Brown, S.
Advances in Physiology Education, v41 n1 p69-76 Mar 2017
A cohort of first-year biology students was surveyed regarding their opinions and viewing habits for live and recorded lectures. Most respondents (87%) attended live lectures as a rule (attenders), with 66% attending more than two-thirds of the lectures. In contrast, only 52% accessed recordings and only 13% viewed more than two-thirds of the available recordings. Respondents regarded lectures as efficient for information delivery (75%), and 89% enjoyed live lectures because they were useful for learning (89%), understanding coursework (94%), and keeping up with the subject (93%). Lecture enjoyment was driven less by entertainment (34%) or interaction with the lecturers (47%), although most students preferred an entertaining lecturer to a factual expert (72%). Exam marks were positively correlated with the number of lectures attended (P < 0.001) and negatively correlated with the number of recordings viewed (P < 0.05), although marks were similar for lecture attenders and nonattenders (P > 0.05). Lecture attenders mostly missed lectures to complete assessments during the same week (68%), whereas nonattenders were more likely to miss lectures due to outside commitments or preference for study from books or recorded lectures (P < 0.001). Recordings were used to replace missed lectures (64%), rather than for revision, and were viewed mostly alone (96%) in one sitting (65%). Only 22% of respondents agreed that some lectures could be replaced by recordings, but 59% agreed with having some videoconference lectures from experts on another campus. Overall, this cohort showed a clear preference for live lectures over recordings, with limited support for synchronous videoconference lectures.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Preferences, Biology, Lecture Method, Conventional Instruction, Videoconferencing, Attendance, Student Surveys, Cohort Analysis, Learner Engagement, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Data Analysis, Foreign Countries
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