Everything you need to know about the Live Stream lectures pilot in less than 3 minutes:
(1) The Project
The Echo360 Active Learning Platform‘s live streaming utility affords students with flexible learning options.
It supports capacity for students to engage through a variety of tools:
- question and answer
- private notes
- bookmark important content
- flag confusing content.
While lecturers can design tasks with a range of interactive slides that require active student input:
- multiple choice
- short answer
- image quiz
- ordered list
Additionally, convenors have access to an analytics dashboard. Here, data captured (i.e. the number of questions, flagged content, views, and private notes word count, etc.) is displayed visually.
(2) Practice Makes Perfect
The Faculty Learning and Teaching Support team ran a practice live stream on February 23rd for the first-year PSYC104 cohort.
Approximately 60 students connected for the 20 minute practice and submitted 42 questions.
Interestingly, many practice participants became active responders and supporters to their peers during the Week 1 PSYC104 live stream lecture Q and A.
(3) The Pilot
The pilot officially kicked off last week (Week 1) to great success in five Psychology units: PSYC104, PSY246, PSY247, PSY234 and PSYC332.
The Faculty Learning and Teaching Support Team, and the PSYC104 PAL leader, supported the PSYC104 lecturers by tending to the technical and content questions, respectively.
Students have shown overwhelming enthusiasm for the Q and A tool, which has been utilised during live streams, most prominently between peers.
But the community of inquiry does not stop when the lecture does! After the live lecture, the Q and A exchange continues between students, and lecturers are also joining in to clarify points of confusion in the lecture content.
The Q and A tool is evidently facilitating further peer exchanges and learning.
Students have also enquired about:
- How do I unflag?
It’s easy. Simply click the flag icon again.
Note: there’s no on-screen notification.
- Can I pause the live stream?
Lecturers are presenting live:
Lecture recordings can be accessed through the Echo box in your iLearn unit a few hours after the live stream ends.
(5) Analytics Revealed
The Active Learning Platform dashboard displays analytics for the unit teaching team to interpret, reflect on, and alter future learning activities.
In the example below, we can see that in the Week 1 PSYC104 live stream there was a peak in students’ private notes at the 48 minute mark. When reviewing the recorded lecture footage we see that Colin Wastell was discussing the fundamental concepts of research and the need to provide empirical evidence.
What is most curious is that a very similar trend in private note spikes occurred across all the Psychology live stream units in Week 1:
- PSY246 at the 1:26:00 mark
Addressing approaches to the study of cognition, specifically the strengths and weaknesses of different methods
- PSY247 at the 1:22:00 mark
- PSY234 at the 0:31:00 mark
Exploring how the scientific approach is better than common sense
Psychology students, across all levels, are prioritising information about the research methods and epistemologies they need to participate in their discipline.
This prompts some questions – Will this trend:
- continue across the semester?
- extend across the faculty?
- appear in other disciplines across campus?
Only time will tell!
Stay tuned for more adventures of the Echo360 Active Learning Platform and Live Stream analytics!