Use of rich-media resources by engineering undergraduates

Martin Gillie*, Ranim Dahli, Fiona C. Saunders, Andrew Gibson

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The ability to develop and distribute digital teaching resources in higher education has developed rapidly over the last decade but research into how students use such resources has received limited attention. This study uses questionnaire results, Internet analytic data and semi-structured interviews to examine the use of three types of rich-media teaching resources–lecture podcasts, key-concept videos and tutorial solution videos–by engineering undergraduates. It is found that students value all three types of resource, especially for revision and as a supplement to lectures. Students find short, focused resources more useful than longer ones. Non-native English speakers and those with disabilities derive particular benefits from the resources. The effect of rich-media resources on lecture attendance is found to be small, and two-way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1496-1511
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number6
Early online date22 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


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