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Future Internet 2015, 7(2), 140-151; doi:10.3390/fi7020140

Quantitative Analysis of the Usage of a Pedagogical Tool Combining Questions Listed as Learning Objectives and Answers Provided as Online Videos

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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa, 30 Marie Curie Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
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Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5, Canada
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Academic Editor: Liz Bacon
Received: 27 February 2015 / Revised: 29 April 2015 / Accepted: 8 May 2015 / Published: 15 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue eLearning)
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To improve the learning of basic concepts in molecular biology of an undergraduate science class, a pedagogical tool was developed, consisting of learning objectives listed at the end of each lecture and answers to those objectives made available as videos online. The aim of this study was to determine if the pedagogical tool was used by students as instructed, and to explore students’ perception of its usefulness. A combination of quantitative survey data and measures of online viewing was used to evaluate the usage of the pedagogical practice. A total of 77 short videos linked to 11 lectures were made available to 71 students, and 64 completed the survey. Using online tracking tools, a total of 7046 views were recorded. Survey data indicated that most students (73.4%) accessed all videos, and the majority (98.4%) found the videos to be useful in assisting their learning. Interestingly, approximately half of the students (53.1%) always or most of the time used the pedagogical tool as recommended, and consistently answered the learning objectives before watching the videos. While the proposed pedagogical tool was used by the majority of students outside the classroom, only half used it as recommended limiting the impact on students’ involvement in the learning of the material presented in class. View Full-Text
Keywords: pedagogical tool; learning objectives; online videos; viewing measure; learning activity; perception of usefulnesspedagogical tool; learning objectives; online videos; viewing measure; learning activity; perception of usefulness pedagogical tool; learning objectives; online videos; viewing measure; learning activity; perception of usefulnesspedagogical tool; learning objectives; online videos; viewing measure; learning activity; perception of usefulness
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Laneuville, O.; Sikora, D. Quantitative Analysis of the Usage of a Pedagogical Tool Combining Questions Listed as Learning Objectives and Answers Provided as Online Videos. Future Internet 2015, 7, 140-151.

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