Presentation Title

Just Click Here: The Influence of Lecture Viewing Reminders on Lecture Viewing and Course Outcomes

Document Type

Presentation

Session Description

Traditionally structured online classes often contain recorded lectures. Do students watch these lectures? In our experience, lecture viewing is lower than anticipated. How can online lecture viewing be increased? In this presentation, we investigate the impact of sending emails to students in a large introductory psychology course that remind them to watch lectures and which also include direct links to the lectures. We will examine the semesters before the reminders were used, the semester in which reminders were sent to half of the students in the online section and the semester in which all students in the online section received reminders. We will compare lecture viewing and course outcomes (e.g., final grades, exam grades) across and within semesters for the online sections and the hybrid sections of the course to see if an intervention as simple as email reminders can increase lecture viewership and improve course outcomes.

Keywords

student success, student retention, lecture viewing, e-mail reminders, course outcomes

Start Date

8-2-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

8-2-2017 2:45 PM

Brief Biography of Primary Presenter

Penny Nichol earned her Ph.D. in psychometrics from the University of Minnesota. She has been teaching psychology courses for over 15 years. Currently, Penny is involved with 3 courses in the online health psychology minor at the University of Minnesota -- teaching online introduction sections of statistics and research methods and leading the online section of introduction to psychology.

 
Aug 2nd, 2:15 PM Aug 2nd, 2:45 PM

Just Click Here: The Influence of Lecture Viewing Reminders on Lecture Viewing and Course Outcomes

Traditionally structured online classes often contain recorded lectures. Do students watch these lectures? In our experience, lecture viewing is lower than anticipated. How can online lecture viewing be increased? In this presentation, we investigate the impact of sending emails to students in a large introductory psychology course that remind them to watch lectures and which also include direct links to the lectures. We will examine the semesters before the reminders were used, the semester in which reminders were sent to half of the students in the online section and the semester in which all students in the online section received reminders. We will compare lecture viewing and course outcomes (e.g., final grades, exam grades) across and within semesters for the online sections and the hybrid sections of the course to see if an intervention as simple as email reminders can increase lecture viewership and improve course outcomes.