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A comparison of sudent performance using two different on-line lecture delivery softwares

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Online Learning

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Computers in Education

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23.33.1 - 23.33.7



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Michelle E Jarvie Eggart PE University of Maryland, University College

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Dr. Jarvie Eggart works as an environmental engineer in the mining industry full time and adjuncts for the University of Maryland University College. She continually works to improve the delivery of on-line graduate education.

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This paper will highlight two different lecture delivery methods in a distance- education graduate class,ENVM641 Environmental Auditing, at University of Maryland University College. The author willcompare students’ performance between sections taught using different software for lecture delivery.The university requires the class to be delivered on WebTycho software. Lectures are often providedthrough the use of written notes transcribed into MS Word documents. However, this only appears tostudents who learn by reading, or visual leaners. There are three basic types of learners 1. Visual, or those who think and learn in pictures 2. Auditory, or those who learn by hearing 3. Kinetic/Tactile, or those who learn by moving, touching, and doingHypermedia technology has been shown to have the potential to accommodate learners with differentneeds through its rich environment (Liu & Reed, 1994), suggesting that the more senses used by a digitalmedia, the greater variety of learners can be accommodated. By designing lectures which incorporatemore senses, it may be possible to relate to a larger percentage of the class via their learning style.The instructor wanted to determine if a Power Point presentation with embedded audio would result inincreased learning due to the capture of more senses, (auditory as well as visual), as measured bystudents final grades in the class.For two successive semesters, two separate sections of the class were taught. In one section, lectureswere delivered as notes in MS Word. In the second section (of the same semester) lectures weredelivered though Power Point presentations with embedded audio files. In both sections, a groupresearch project was assigned capture the interest of the kinetic/tactile learners.Class scores will be compared to determine if a difference in grades occurred between the two on-linelecture styles.References:Liu, M. and M. Reed. “The Relationship Between the Learning Strategies and Learning Styles in aHypermedia Environment.” Computers in Human Behavior. Volume 10, Issue 4, Winter 1994, Pages419–434.

Jarvie Eggart, M. E. (2013, June), A comparison of sudent performance using two different on-line lecture delivery softwares Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19047

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