Experiences with Using Videos in Distance Education. A Pilot Study: A Course on Human-Computer Interaction

Herman Koppelman
Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology  •  Volume 13  •  2016  •  pp. 269-277
The number of online resources available for teaching and learning in higher education has been growing enormously during the last decade. A recent development is the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and of Open Educational Resources (OER). The result is a huge number of videos that are available on line. Can these videos enrich learning? As a pilot study we added sixteen videos to an existing introductory course in Human-Computer Interaction. This course is mandatory in the Bachelor programs Computer Science and Information Science (second year). Watching the videos was optional for the students. The videos originated for the most part from the MOOC Human-Computer Interaction, produced by Stanford University. We offered this course to a pilot group of eight students. The educational context was problem-based learning in distance education. The videos were welcomed by all of the students and were found to be useful in their learning process. The students watched the videos intensively and appreciated them very well. A main reason for the students to be positive about the videos was that they liked to alternate reading texts and watching videos.
Distance Education, Video, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Online Resources, Podcasts, Human-Computer Interaction
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