Digital Lectures: Making Education More “Student Centered”
The information age has changed the role of educators from that of disseminators of facts and theories about specific concepts or theories to students, to one of facilitators who assist students to become lifetime learners. It is unrealistic to deliver the information by lecturing and then expect students, especially with disabilities, to listen, take notes, and learn at the same time. Digitally recording the lectures (DVD and CD) will improve student learning, student retention, and student self-esteem. Colleges and universities today are challenged with a new generation of students expecting a campus environment that accommodates their digital lifestyle (Apple, 2005). The current student population is nontraditional, less prepared academically, older, employed, attending school part time, and includes second-degree students. Living with and using technology is part of the growing process for Generation X and the millennial generation. Being responsive to the way “students live and learn with technology” means better student preparation and retention. Digitally recording the class lectures is labor intensive, costly, and appears impractical. This paper will demonstrate to educators how to accomplish this task efficiently, economically, and enjoyably, using widely available materials. The entire process will be discussed in an easy-to-follow and easy-to-implement manner.
Digital lectures increase teaching effectiveness. Digitally recording lectures will empower students to focus on learning and actively participate in the process, provide a permanent record of lectures for later review and further questioning, and make materials available for all students (including students with disabilities such as ADD) in class. In addition, it can be used as a medium for faculty reflection on presentations. This project proposes the integration of advanced technology to aid in developing effective and meaningful learning experiences for students and as a way to improve retention.
Keywords: Multi Modal Learning, Audio/Visual Methods, Students Success, Students Retention, Students with Disability, Evaluation Method
Dr. Masoud Ghaffari
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing