Session Type

Presentation

Room

P&A Rm 150

Start Date

10-7-2015 12:00 AM

Keywords

Online live lecture, live chat, live streaming, Adobe Connect

Primary Threads

Education Technologies and Innovative Resources

Abstract

In Summer 2014, Dr. Vale ran a pilot summer session of a second year engineering course at the University of Guelph. To provide accessibility for students who were away from campus (for example, due to co-op), the lectures were live streamed using Adobe Connect (audio and screen capture, but no room video). A live chat was also implemented, enabling active class participation for those students accessing the course remotely. Approximately 20 students attended live and 40 attended remotely. An REB was obtained, and the class was surveyed to assess the effectiveness of the remote access to the lectures, the influence of employment on taking the course, efficacy of holding courses during the summer semester, and the impact of this method of delivery on their learning. From this investigation, increased attendance to lectures showed improved student performance, regardless of the method of attendance. Overall, the students appreciated the remote access and the online in-class chat forum and found that this method of delivery was complimentary to the traditional in-class lecture format. Some tips and tricks to implementing and using the technology and some of the challenges of engaging students both remotely and in class will also be discussed. Attendants are encouraged to bring their laptops for participation in a live online chat.

Elements of Engagement

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in the live online chat. The demonstration will also allow participants to view the presentation remotely; with the possibility of viewing a live lecture pending Dr. Vale’s teaching schedule and the timing of the presentation. This is an interesting twist on the delivery of a traditional live lecture and distance education course.


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Jul 10th, 12:00 AM

Gathering Together: Engaging Students with Remote Access to Live Lectures

P&A Rm 150

In Summer 2014, Dr. Vale ran a pilot summer session of a second year engineering course at the University of Guelph. To provide accessibility for students who were away from campus (for example, due to co-op), the lectures were live streamed using Adobe Connect (audio and screen capture, but no room video). A live chat was also implemented, enabling active class participation for those students accessing the course remotely. Approximately 20 students attended live and 40 attended remotely. An REB was obtained, and the class was surveyed to assess the effectiveness of the remote access to the lectures, the influence of employment on taking the course, efficacy of holding courses during the summer semester, and the impact of this method of delivery on their learning. From this investigation, increased attendance to lectures showed improved student performance, regardless of the method of attendance. Overall, the students appreciated the remote access and the online in-class chat forum and found that this method of delivery was complimentary to the traditional in-class lecture format. Some tips and tricks to implementing and using the technology and some of the challenges of engaging students both remotely and in class will also be discussed. Attendants are encouraged to bring their laptops for participation in a live online chat.