Using an evaluative tool to develop effective mathscasts

Galligan, Linda and Hobohm, Carola and Peake, Katherine (2017) Using an evaluative tool to develop effective mathscasts. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 29 (3). pp. 329-348. ISSN 1033-2170


This study is situated in a course designed for both on-campus and online pre-service and in-service teachers, where student-created mathscasts provide a way for university lecturers to assess students’ quality of teaching, and understanding of mathematics. Teachers and pre-service teachers, in a university course with 90% online enrolment, were asked to create mathscasts to explain mathematics concepts at middle school level. This paper describes the process of developing and refining a tool for the creation and evaluation of quality student-produced mathscasts. The study then investigates the usefulness of the tool within the context of pedagogy and mathematicalunderstanding. Despite an abundance of mathscasts already available on the web, there is merit in creating mathscasts, not only as a tool for teaching, but also as a means of learning by doing. The premise for creating student-produced mathscasts was to
capture the creators’ mathematical understanding and pedagogical approach to teaching a mathematical concept, which were then peer-assessed and graded. The analysis
included surveys, practice mathscasts with peer- and self-reviews, and students’ final assessed mathscasts. The results indicate that the use of the evaluative tool resulted in an improvement in quality of student-created mathscasts and critiques thereof. The paper concludes with a discussion on future directions of student-produced mathscasts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 02:44
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 04:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: screencasts; understanding mathematics; tablet technology; pre-service teachers; mathematics
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s13394-017-0204-8

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