June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
8.213.1 - 8.213.11
An Interactive Lecture for Web-Based ET classes
Stephen J. Kuyath UNC-Charlotte Department of Engineering Technology
To some degree distance education (DE) students are at a disadvantage because they are unable to participate in class lectures. The purpose of this project was to create an animated lecture for distance education students providing them access to the benefits of a class lecture. Although many formats have been used to create digitized, online lectures (e.g.: PowerPoint, MPEG or QuickTime movies, etc.) there are several advantages to using Macromedia’s Flash as an alternative.
The participants in this project were DE and on-campus junior level ET students with experience taking online and/or hybrid courses, and who were currently enrolled in an introductory Java class. The students had experience with several different presentation styles for online course materials and were very receptive to completing a survey.
Students were given assignments to read from the online texts, view the animated lectures, participate in online quizzes, and complete three simple programming assignments and three projects outside of class. The Flash lectures consisted of course content being presented in much the same way a PowerPoint presentation would be presented in a traditional classroom setting. The slides displayed written and pictorial information while the recorded voice of the instructor provided the audio information. Occasionally, as in a traditional classroom, the lecture was interrupted for several questions posed by the instructor to determine the students’ level of understanding. If students answered the questions correctly, they were allowed to continue the lecture; otherwise students were diverted back to earlier slides for a review.
Surveys showed that students were very receptive to the course structure regardless of the additional workload outside of class. Overall, grades for the course improved and students seemed to have a better understanding of both object-oriented programming and the Java programming language.
Background: This project was supported by funds provided by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for curriculum and instructional development (CID). The CID Grants are awarded only to full-time faculty members on continuing appointments for the academic year. Requests for funding are considered for projects that specifically address improvement or extension of the instructional
Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
Kuyath, S. (2003, June), An Interactive Lecture For Web Based Et Classes Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12331
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