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Educ. Sci. 2013, 3(3), 344-358; doi:10.3390/educsci3030344

Characterization of Catch-Up Behavior: Accession of Lecture Capture Videos Following Student Absenteeism

Received: 19 July 2013 / Revised: 28 August 2013 / Accepted: 4 September 2013 / Published: 11 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Critical Issues in Educational Technology)
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The use of lecture capture in higher education is becoming increasingly widespread, with many instructors now providing digital videos of lecture content that can be used by students as learning resources in a variety of ways, including to catch up on material after a class absence. Despite accumulating research regarding the relationship between lecture capture and attendance, the nature of catch-up behavior following an absence has not been well characterized. This study measured attendance in relation to lecture video accesses to determine whether students catch up after missing a class, and if so, within what timeframe. Overall, it was found that 48% of absences were not associated with a corresponding lecture video access, and that when absences were caught up, the length of time taken to access the video was highly variable, with the time to the next exam being the likely determinant of when the video was viewed. Time taken to access a video was directly associated with deep learning approach score (as measured by the R-SPQ-2F). Males took significantly longer to view a corresponding lecture video after an absence than females, and missed significantly more classes than females. This study confirms that students use lecture capture variably, and that characteristics such as gender and learning approach influence lecture capture behavior including catch-up following an absence, a finding that is not unexpected given the diversity of students in higher education.
Keywords: lecture capture; vodcast; podcast; absenteeism; learning approach; gender lecture capture; vodcast; podcast; absenteeism; learning approach; gender
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Brady, M.; Wong, R.; Newton, G. Characterization of Catch-Up Behavior: Accession of Lecture Capture Videos Following Student Absenteeism. Educ. Sci. 2013, 3, 344-358.

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