Electronic delivery of lectures in the university environment: An empirical comparison of three delivery styles

Stephenson, Julie E. and Brown, Clifford and Griffin, Darren K. (2008) Electronic delivery of lectures in the university environment: An empirical comparison of three delivery styles. Computers and Education, 50 (3). pp. 640-651. ISSN 0360-1315. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The purpose of this study was to consider the efficacy and popularity of "Virtual Lectures" (text-based, structured electronic courseware with information presented in manageable "chunks", interaction and multimedia) and "e-Lectures" (on-screen synchrony of PowerPoint slides and recorded voice) as alternatives to traditional lectures. We considered how three modes of delivery compare when increasingly deeper forms of learning are assessed and also student reaction to electronic delivery. Fifty-eight students in three groups took three topics of a human genetics module, one in each delivery style. Results indicated no overall greater efficacy of either delivery style when all question types were taken into account but significantly different delivery-specific results depending on which level of Bloom's taxonomy was assessed. That is, overall, questions assessing knowledge consistently achieved the highest marks followed by analysis, comprehension, evaluation and application. Students receiving traditional lectures scored significantly lower marks for comprehension questions. Students receiving Virtual Lectures scored high for knowledge, comprehension and application but significantly lower for analysis and evaluation questions. The e-Lectures scored high for knowledge questions and were the median for all question types except application. Questionnaire analysis revealed a preference for traditional lectures over computer-based but nevertheless an appreciation of the advantages offered by them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: architectures for educational technology system; computer-mediated communication; evaluation of CAL systems; human-computer interface; teaching/learning strategies
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
L Education
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: Louise Dorman
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2009 14:08
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2014 10:22
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15226 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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