Enhancing students’ learning experience through mLearning; using VODcasts to motivate and engage students?

Hardy, Ernst, Good, Jonathon, Colthorpe, Kay, Myatt, Paula and Andrews, Trish (2008). Enhancing students’ learning experience through mLearning; using VODcasts to motivate and engage students?. In: HERDSA 2008 31st Annual HERDSA Conference: Conference handbook. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2008 International Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, (52-52). 1-4 July 2008.

Author Hardy, Ernst
Good, Jonathon
Colthorpe, Kay
Myatt, Paula
Andrews, Trish
Title of paper Enhancing students’ learning experience through mLearning; using VODcasts to motivate and engage students?
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2008 International Conference
Conference location Rotorua, New Zealand
Conference dates 1-4 July 2008
Convener Mark Barrow; Kathryn Sutherland
Proceedings title HERDSA 2008 31st Annual HERDSA Conference: Conference handbook
Place of Publication Milperra, NSW, Australia
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Published abstract
Start page 52
End page 52
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary A recent survey of undergraduate students in the Health Sciences revealed that a substantial proportion of physiotherapy students, occupational therapy students and speech pathology students at The University of Queensland do not prepare themselves for laboratory classes, and a substantial proportion of students fail to attend some laboratory classes. Recent studies (Krause et al 2005) have reported that today’s full-time students are likely to have an enormous workload based on full-time study and part-time (or full-time) work. Students tend to have individual coping mechanisms that rely on prioritising. Adequately preparing for laboratory classes becomes a low priority resulting in a diminished quality of the student learning experience and poor student outcomes may result. This project will develop Video on Demand broadcast (VODcast) ‘snapshots’ of the laboratory classes for students to access via mobile phone technology or the internet just prior to laboratory sessions. These VOD casts will show the main class activities and provide an introduction to the class topics and their wider implications. This project will harness the immediate nature and ease of access of new mobile learning (mLearning) technologies to motivate students to improve their laboratory class preparations and increase laboratory class attendance. By providing relevance and immediate purpose to their learning, students should be more engaged, leading to enhancement of their class experience and improved success rates. This in turn should increase the efficacy of the laboratory classes. The main aim of this presentation is to seek discussion with participants who have utilised similar technologies and to seek feedback as to whether such an approach and its wider application could be of benefit to these learners and also students in other disciplines.
Subjects 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Keyword mobile learning
mlearning
Vodcast
student engagement
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation Publications
 
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