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Improving student engagement during online-only courses through the use of interactive question-embedded videos

Project leader(s): 
Bryan Singer and Rafael Hidalgo
Faculty: 
STEM and LDS
Status: 
Archived

Distance learning has grown in popularity over recent years and has become the norm for the majority of students in the U.K. due to the spread of Covid 19. While research has highlighted video as students’ preferred form instructional media, other studies have indicated that students also prefer to actively engage with the resources used in distance learning. This research investigated the effectiveness of videos that attempt to engage the learner by providing interactivity through questions asked during and after the videos. We examined whether this is an effective strategy that builds on the use of video as a tool in distance learning. Two experiments, a within-subjects design (experiment 1) and a between-subjects design (experiment 2) were used to compare the effects of questions asked during and after videos on participants learning. Questions were inserted into videos that were already in production at the Open University using PlayPosit software – an interactive video platform that provides interactive features to videos. Participant response times and performance were recorded. Surveys were administered to the participants of both experiments to gain qualitative data on question placement. The results showed that questions asked during the videos significantly increased participant efficiency, and were significantly more enjoyable, compared to the questions asked after the videos. It was found that including questions, especially questions that are asked during video, improved video as a form of instructional media used in distance learning.

Related resources 

Zolkwer, M., Hidalgo, R. and Singer, B.F. (2021) Making educational videos used in distance learning more engaging and enjoyable: the influence of embedded questions. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF) (Intranet only)

Bryan Singer and Rafael Hidalgo poster

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