Bridging the divide by screencasting in an introductory statistics class at an Australian university

Khan, Shahjahan and Loch, Birgit and McDonald, Christine (2010) Bridging the divide by screencasting in an introductory statistics class at an Australian university. In: 10th Islamic Countries Conference on Statistical Sciences (ICCSS-10): Statistics for Development and Good Governance, 20-23 Dec 2009, Cairo, Egypt.


Emerging technologies are being used increasingly to improve the communication and quality of instruction in the statistics classroom. Whereas a decade ago the move commenced away from blackboard writing with chalk towards computer assisted lecture delivery via PowerPoint or Beamer presentations, we are now seeing increasing use of Tablet technology to create dynamic and engaging lectures. While usually only students physically attending lectures would benefit, combined with screencasting – video capturing of the full computer screen along with audio recording – a near live lecture experience can be provided to students who cannot attend lectures. This is particularly valuable at universities with students enrolled in distance mode. This study investigates the benefits and downsides of providing lecture screencasts to oncampus and distance students of an introductory statistics class at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). After technical issues were overcome, the recorded lectures were well received by the students, and this anecdotal evidence is supported by positive student evaluations.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Author version not held. Fulltext citation: Khan, S; Loch, B; and McDonald, C (2010). BRIDGING THE DIVIDE BY SCREENCASTING IN AN INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS CLASS AT AN AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY. Proceedings of the Tenth Islamic Countries Conference on Statistical Sciences (ICCS-X), Volume I, 333–341.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2011 00:15
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 06:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: tablet technology; Camtasia Studio; online and distance teaching; screencast
Fields of Research : 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences

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