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Evaluating the Effect of the Pre-class Environment on Student Attitudes and Learning ObjectivesThe moments prior to the start of class provide many opportunities for engaging with students ina less formal setting. These moments can be used to establish a pre-class environment conduciveto student motivation, focus, confidence, and ultimately the achievement of learning objectives.For example, the pre-class environment could include informal conversations between thestudents and instructor. These conversations can help the students develop rapport with theinstructor, while giving the instructor an opportunity to evaluate student perceptions about coursedifficulty or workload. The pre-class environment could also be non-conversational. Forexample, playing music that is topically related to the class subject (e.g. playing “GoodVibrations” before delivering a lecture on mechanical vibrations) may increase motivation, focusattention, or generate excitement. As instructors will often have a preferred pre-classenvironment, there is a large amount of anecdotal evidence on its effect on student attitudes.However, there is little discussion on the impact (if any) of the pre-class environment on studentlearning objectives. This study uses a multi-dimensional experimental model to measure theimpact of the pre-class environment on both student attitudes and learning objectives. Fourdifferent pre-class environments are tested: 1) informal conversations, 2) topical music, 3)informal conversations with low volume music in the background, and 4) no activity. Studentperceptions about their learning environment and the achievement of student learning outcomeswere evaluated. Recommendations to enhance both are given based on the findings. Given thepotential benefit, this work also examines some of the practical aspects of pre-class activities,including instructor preferences and the transition to regular class time.
Perez-Mejia, A. A., & Greenleaf, J. E., & Fonseca, P. C., & Hakala, C. (2015, June), Our Song: Evaluating the Effect of Music During the Pre-class Period on Student Achievements of Learning Objectives Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24549
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