NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ906939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
Improving Instructor Presence in An Online Introductory Astronomy Course through Video Demonstrations
Miller, Scott T.; Redman, Stephen L.
Astronomy Education Review, v9 n1 2010
We created a series of videos for an online introductory astronomy course at the Pennsylvania State University in part to address the lack of personal presence in online courses. Based on surveys administered to the students during the semester, we found that these videos were effective in creating an instructor presence within the online course. We also found that students who perceived a strong instructor presence had a more positive attitude toward the course. Additionally, there is a correlation between the students' perceptions of how helpful a video is with how enjoyable they rated it, but no correlation between the perceived helpfulness of a video and student performance on video-specific questions, suggesting that students are not good at assessing video helpfulness. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
American Astronomical Society. 2000 Florida Avenue NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: 800-874-6383; Fax: 516-349-9704; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania