I’ve been working with videolectures for four and a half years now, so maybe a bit of reflection is a good thing! Below is a list of the good, the bad and the ugly regarding speakers on screen.
I spent my 7th of February hanging out with my brothers in arms in the weblecture scene. The day started with Werner Degger giving a general overview of the state of weblectures at the University of Amsterdam. He stated that the main reasons for using weblectures are to make studying easier and to raise the image of the university. Weblecture policy focuses on three workmodes: “Do it yourself”, “Do it together” and “we do it for you”. For each of these approaches to facilitating weblectures, the university aims to have the necessary infrastructure to support the staff and the teachers.
This is nothing new for the world, but it is new for the University (I think?): we’ve officially posted our first lecture on YouTube last November. You can see it in all its glory here (in Dutch though):
This summer I’ve started a few endeavours that can be summarized as Project “ICTO helps!”
For starters I’ve added a few more videos on YouTube to explain common acts in Blackboard:
For more: http://www.youtube.com/cswuva#p/u
I’ve also started to design a flyer that aims to help teachers whenever they are in need of ICT assistance by making clear what we do (and what we do not do). There is a mass mail planned to inform teachers about the ICTO site and the YouTube channel mentioned above. The goal is to ease the job for teachers by offering clear solutions for common problems and to make clear who we are and what we can do to help them out.
So I’m working on my Bachelor thesis, and I’m trying to find out about the attitudes regarding ICT in education of the teaching staff of the Social Sciences. I’ve now done eleven in depth interviews, most of them lasting about one hour. Below I have written down some statements (work in progress) that teachers have opinions about. Once I’ve done most of the qualitative interviews, I will use these statements in a survey.
1. Using PowerPoint during a lecture makes students more passive.
2. Using PowerPoint during a lecture causes students to stop making notes.
3. Using PowerPoint during a lecture offers structure to the argument(s) presented.
4. Using video clips during a lecture makes students more passive.
5. Using video clips during a lecture keeps the students’ attention span up due to the variety in presentation material
6. The biggest obstacle to effective use of ICT in education is the learning curve required to master them.
7. The availability of video lectures tends to keep students from attending the lectures.
More to come!
How does trust figure into educational services online? What role does the internet play in the trust between, for instance, teacher and student? Does the online environment add to feelings of trust, or does it undermine them?