Session S25b (Monday, 2pm, Thomas 104)

P294: Learner experiences of online pre-lecture resources for an introductory undergraduate chemistry course

Claire McDonnell (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland)

The aim of this case study was to investigate students’ experiences of using online pre-lecture resources. The student cohort who participated was a group of 49 first year students at Dublin Institute of Technology. The module lecturer had developed a series of online pre-lecture resources designed to reduce the cognitive load experienced by these learners during their lectures. The basis of this research was the investigation of the qualitative variation in the ways that learners experienced their use of these pre-lecture resources and their learning environment.

The methodology selected was phenomenography and a mixed methods approach was used which involved an initial quantitative phase (Likert scale survey) which informed the major qualitative phase (phenomenographic interviews) that followed. Following analysis of the interviews, categories of description were arrived at for the different experiences students described. These findings will inform further redesign of the resources, particularly in relation to the quiz component.

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