Digitized Lectures: Making Education More “Student Centered”

By Masoud Ghaffari.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The information age has changed the role of educators from one of disseminators of facts and theories to one of facilitators who assist students to become lifelong learners. It is unrealistic to deliver the information by direct lecturing and expect students, especially slow note-takers, to listen, take notes, and learn at the same time. Digitally recording the lectures in the form of DVD and CD will improve student learning, retention, and 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, employed, attending school part time, and includes second-degree students. Living with and using technology is part of the growing process for Generation X, the millennial, or generation NeXt.
Being responsive to the way “students live and learn with technology” means better student preparation and retention (Apple, 2005). Digitally recording the class lectures ‘appears’ to be labor intensive, costly, and impractical. However, the main purpose of this paper is to demonstrate to educators how to accomplish this task efficiently, economically, and enjoyably, using widely available technology. The entire process will be discussed in an easy-to-follow and easy-to-implement manner. While some of the technical concepts and terms are defined and briefly discussed, the author attempts to present the process in “lay terms,” free of technical jargon. In this paper, the author will share his experience of producing digitized lectures as well as students’ evaluation of using digitized format.
Digitized lecture increases teaching effectiveness. It will also empower students to focus on learning and actively participate in the process. Digitized lecture provides a permanent record of presentations for later viewing and further questioning, and makes materials available for all students in class. In addition, it can be used as a medium for faculty reflection on presentations and critiquing one’s own presentation in regard to content, lecturing skills, and the students’ interactions. The integration of advanced technology will aid in developing effective and meaningful learning experiences for students and improve retention.

Keywords: Multi Modal Learning, Audio/Visual Methods, Students Success, Students Retention, Evaluation Method

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.107-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 912.297KB).

Dr. Masoud Ghaffari

Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Department of Adult Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA

Dr. Masoud Ghaffari is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University. His areas of specialization are educational psychology, urban education, health education and community health, nursing management and leadership, medical technology, and medicine. His research interests include understanding of ontology and epistemology of human intelligence, transpersonal phenomenology, complexity and chaos theory, self-organizing theory, system theory, and constructivist learning theory. In addition, he has interest in school reform and holistic education. A holistic paradigm of human intelligence, Trinity Paradigm of Intelligence (TPI), emerged from one of his studies which has expanded our understanding of the topic.

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