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Undergraduate mathematics studentsí reasons for attending live lectures when recordings are available


Yoon, C and Oates, GN and Sneddon, J, Undergraduate mathematics students' reasons for attending live lectures when recordings are available, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 45, (2) pp. 227-240. ISSN 0020-739X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/0020739X.2013.822578


With the proliferation of new affordable recording technologies, many universities have begun offering students recordings of live lectures as a part of the course resources. We conducted a survey to investigate why some students choose to attend lectures in person rather than simply watching the recordings online, and how students view the two types of lectures. Students attending live lectures in five large undergraduate mathematics lecture streams were invited to respond to the survey. A significant number of respondents viewed recorded lecture as superfluous to their needs which were met upon attending live lecture. Surprisingly, however, an equally large number of students described compelling reasons for watching both live and recorded lectures. A number of factors were identified as determining studentsí perceptions of live and recorded lectures as competing or complementary: personal learning styles, study habits, esteem for the lecturer, and the possibility of interaction in the lecture.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:recorded lectures, undergraduate mathematics education, lecture attendance
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Oates, GN (Associate Professor Greg Oates)
ID Code:122034
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-10-27
Last Modified:2018-07-12

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