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Pre- and Post-Class Student Viewing Behaviors for Recorded Videos in an Inverted Sophomore Mechanics Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Teaching & Learning Dynamics, Vibration, and Mechanics More Broadly

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Shawn P. Gross Villanova University

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Dr. Shawn P. Gross is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University. He has as M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S.E. degree from Tulane University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on mechanics and structural design (reinforced concrete, structural steel, masonry, and wood).

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David W Dinehart Villanova University

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Professor and Chairman
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Villanova University

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The inverted classroom has gained significant traction in higher education over the past several years. While inversion can take on many specific forms, it usually implies some shift of theoretical lecture content away from the in-class time and into the student time spent outside the classroom. Students are expected to watch recorded video lectures before coming to class and then the time in the classroom is spent with students working on problems in some form. This active learning strategy allows the focus of faculty-student interactions in class to be on the application and higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy that are usually targeted in engineering and similar technical courses.

While these pre-recorded lecture videos are an essential component of an inverted course structure, little data has been made available on how students actually watch these recorded videos. This paper presents the results of a study of student viewing behaviors for pre-recorded video content in an inverted introductory sophomore mechanics course. Data is presented for both theory-based lectures intended to be viewed prior to class, and for recorded example problem solution videos that review problems solved during class meetings.

Data from the video distribution system was used to answer a series of research questions related to student viewing behaviors. The observations presented in this paper indicate that on average, students watched a little more than half of the recorded lecture content that they were expected to. Viewing rates steadily decreased throughout the semester, but were not affected by video length or day of week. Female students were found to exhibit significantly higher viewing rates than their male counterparts. Effectively, no correlation was observed between viewership rates and course performance as measured by final course grades.

Gross, S. P., & Dinehart, D. W. (2016, June), Pre- and Post-Class Student Viewing Behaviors for Recorded Videos in an Inverted Sophomore Mechanics Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25924

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