If you attended any of the educational technology conferences in the last few weeks, you probably heard at least one consistent theme: how do we measure the impact of technology on learning? We heard this while streaming live sessions at EDUCAUSE and Sloan-C, exhibiting at STEMtech and capturing on-demand presentations right now at WCET.

That theme is also a primary focus for both the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative on "Seeking Evidence of Impact" and Gates' Next Generation Learning Challenges "Blended Learning" area.

That question has long been on our minds, too: how do we measure the impact of technology - or in our case, lecture capture via Mediasite - on learning?

As a start, we just introduced a new ebook as a companion to our Lecture Capture 101 webinar last month. The free ebook, "Third Party Research Evaluating the Impact of Mediasite Lecture Capture on Retention, Recruitment and Student Satisfaction," summarizes over five years of studies from school across the United States. These colleges and universities conducted their own independent research projects and assessments, and were kind enough to make those findings public.

Pamela A. Havice, Ph.D. and William L. Havice, Ph.D., DTE, are two of those people who shared their findings. Back in 2006, they conducted research at the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University. They've recently completed a new study, and next week they are going to discuss the results as part of our best practices webinar series. As always, our webinars are free. Just register before we go live.

Lecture Capture's Impact on Undergraduate Learning, Satisfaction and Retention
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. CST (convert to your time zone)

The digital revolution has ushered in a generation shaped by the integration of technology into everyday life. While research abounds on how this generation uses technology, research and reflection on the effective integration of technology into our learning environments is still sparse.

Pioneers in both the use and the evaluation of educational technologies, Drs. Pamela and William Havice, professors at Clemson University, seek to fill that gap. Recently, they completed a study that analyzed how a distributed learning environment - with lecture capture by Mediasite at its core - affected the satisfaction and engagement of traditional, face-to-face undergraduate students enrolled in a research project course.

Did the students really like the distributed learning environment? Were they more engaged? Did the students feel that lecture capture assisted them in their learning? Join the Havice's for a live webinar as they answer these questions and share their findings, including:

  • What impact the distributed learning environment with lecture capture had on students' satisfaction
  • How the lecture capture course modules help students stay engaged in the material
  • How the distributed learning environment impacted student behavior during face-to-face class time
  • Why a constructivist learning environment (laying out the resources through lecture capture and letting student's build their own knowledge) promoted self-motivation and deeper engagement

Pamela A. Havice, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Clemson University. She has been an integral part of developing a distributed learning environment for the delivery of the Student Affairs/Counselor Education program. Pam's primary areas of research include distance and distributed learning applications, multicultural issues, and faculty and student development. In her 30 years in higher education, she has published numerous articles, book chapters, professional presentations and an edited book on distance and distributed learning.

William L. Havice, Ph.D., DTE is Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University. In this role, Bill oversees undergraduate studies and academic support services for the College. For the past 32 years, he has been actively involved in teaching, researching, presenting, and publishing on technology. He has numerous published articles, book chapters, professional presentations and an edited a book on distance and distributed learning.

This is definitely not a webinar to miss. Drs. Pamela and William Havice are a perennial favorite on the edtech conference speaking circuit, and this is the first time we're lucky enough to host them in Madison.

Here's that link again to register. See you online Tuesday.