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Computer Courses in Higher-Education: Improving Learning by Screencast Technology
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Journal of Educational Technology Volume 11, Number 4, ISSN 0973-0559

Abstract

The aim of the study was to find out a method designated to improve the learning of computer courses by adding Screencast technology. The intention was to measure the influence of high-quality clips produced by Screencast technology, on the learning process of computer courses. It was required to find out the characteristics (pedagogical and technical) of such high-quality video clips as well as their advantages for improving the learning process in such courses. The research was based on a sample of learners in two computer courses (n = 30) in higher-education. Both courses have been fully covered by video clips (not exclusively) produced by screencast technology. The learners were asked to answer a questionnaire focused on the characteristics of effective clips as well as the advantages of such clips for their learning. The research results point out that according to learners' views, video clips' effectiveness depends mainly on lecturers' instructional qualifications as well as their capability of technically producing high-quality videos. Such clips covering the whole course curriculum, are advantageous for learning computer courses: the learning process is perceived to be excellent, video clips are better than texts and its substantial flexibility is a great advantage as well. Therefore, there is a significant worthiness to add screencast technology to computer courses provided that the entire course is fully covered with relevant video clips, and they are pedagogically and technically of high-quality. Furthermore, using this kind of technology may be suitable for other kinds of courses, including visual components like formulas, diagrams or tables.

Citation

Ghilay, Y. & Ghilay, R. (2015). Computer Courses in Higher-Education: Improving Learning by Screencast Technology. Journal of Educational Technology, 11(4), 15-26. Retrieved December 7, 2019 from .

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