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    An Analysis of Alternative Approaches for the Distribution of Lecture Notes with the Aid of a Virtual Learning Environment to Promote Class Engagement


    Mooney, Aidan and Bergin, Susan (2014) An Analysis of Alternative Approaches for the Distribution of Lecture Notes with the Aid of a Virtual Learning Environment to Promote Class Engagement. AISHE-J : The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 6 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2009-3160

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    Abstract

    The use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) has become popular over the last ten years at third level institutions. At NUIM the Moodle VLE is used to disseminate lecture notes, share course related resources, perform assessment, and provide a means for online communication. This paper is interested in how effectively to use a VLE to disseminate lecture notes. At NUIM lectures notes are typically posted on Moodle before a lecture (for example, all notes posted at the start of the semester or several days before an upcoming lecture etc.) or after a lecture with lecturers having a personal preference for a particular method. In this paper a pilot study on the dissemination of lectures notes through Moodle to a large first year undergraduate class is described. In previous years student disengagement in this class has been an issue, therefore, three different approaches were trialled in this pilot. In the first approach, a summary set of lecture notes to be covered at the next lecture were made available four days in advance. The summary was a one-page document containing at most six slides of the most important material. The students were encouraged to read the notes in advance. It was hoped that this would lead to more active participation by the students as they had time to assimilate the material prior to the lecture. In the second approach the students were informed in advance that an in-class assessment would be carried out based on the summary. In both instances a full set of notes were made available on Moodle after the lecture. An overview of the findings of this pilot is presented, including data on student participation during both approaches. In addition, a critique of the potential effects on student results is provided and recommendations based on the findings are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Published under a Creative Commons Attribution/NonCommercial/ShareAlike 3.0 license.
    Keywords: Student Engagement; Large Classes; Lectures; VLE;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6504
    Depositing User: Aidan Mooney
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2015 16:53
    Journal or Publication Title: AISHE-J : The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    Publisher: All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE)
    Refereed: Yes
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