Educational Research


Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 1(8), pp. 304-311 September 2010         
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Evaluating the impact of video-based versus traditional lectures on student learning

Panagiota Nikopoulou-Smyrni  and Christos Nikopoulos

School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University, Mary Seacole Building, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, United Kingdom. 

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Received 15 April, 2010; Accepted June 05, 2010 


Although, computer assisted learning and multimedia programs have emerged into higher education institutions, there is no clear evidence that such a movement can improve student learning. This study was conducted to provide an objective assessment of the impact of lectures with the use of video clips on student learning over traditional teaching methods. Five university students participated and experimental control was achieved using an alternating-treatments design. Overall, students experienced sixteen 5-minute lectures, half on kinesiology and half on psychological issues for children, delivered by either traditional or video-based methods. Results showed that teaching material based on video clips was at least as equally effective as standard teaching lectures. Similar data were collected during 1-, 2-, and 3-week follow-up measures. These results come in agreement with the current literature reinforcing the suggestion that the use of videos in education may hold great promises. 

Keywords:Higher education, video-based lectures, learning, single-case research methodology, teaching.

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