Monday, September 22, 2008

Infinite Regress

As promised, here it is: "What Could Go Wrong?" or my online lecture about online lectures that I gave in the Annenberg series at USC.

Of course, in my e-mail inbox this morning I learn that a Study by UW E-Business Institute Reveals Strong Undergraduate Preference for Lecture Capture. I would be interested in examining the methodology of this study of online lectures closely, which purports to find "data supporting undergraduate students’ clear preference for classes that are webcasted vs. courses that only feature in-room instruction," even though such canned pedagogical presentations lack interactivity and faculty engagement with problem-based, inquiry-based, or project-based learning. This study could also be easily used by distance learning advocates who might be tempted to interpret a study that may show undergraduates in favor of multimedia supplements to be an argument for multimedia substitutes.

Update: U.C. Irvine German professor Gail Hart points out a piece in Inside Higher Ed, "I'll Take My Lecture to Go, Please" that covers the arguments in favor of lecture capture that are presented in the study.

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Blogger Lupton said...

Some of the reasons given in favor of course casting in the study, however, such as being able to use recorded lectures for review -- even when a course is over -- would not exclude a supplementary relationship between live and recorded lectures.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow nobody ever comments on your blogs. You should just write in comments to yourself for fun.

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Blogger Liz Losh said...

Ha ha. Of course, some people attribute the slim commenting to me censoring out the opinions of those who disagree with me, which obviously doesn't happen, since I published yours.

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