The use of lecture recording as study aids in a professional degree program

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Lecture recording is now common in many educational institutions, leading to discussion about how best to support student learning. In this mixed methods study, we used a survey (n = 46 participants), think-aloud methodologies in observed study sessions (n = 8 participants) and recording analytics (n = 637 recordings) to characterize how veterinary students utilize recordings during their studies. Only 48% of survey respondents considered they were more likely to use recordings as exams approached, but 78% considered they used recordings more when the topic was difficult. In the observed study sessions, students characterized their use of recordings as helping them to control their learning environment, allowing them to pause and rewind challenging topics, and as a jumping off point for future study, allowing them to structure the seeking out of additional information. In a linear model describing the recording analytics, students who had entered higher education directly from high school were more likely to watch more of a lecture than graduate entry students. In addition, the most visited lectures were also the ones with more view time (F(5, 631) = 129.5, R2 = 0.50, p < .001). Overall, this study suggests that veterinary students were selective about their use of recordings in their study strategies, often using them to make up for deficits in their knowledge and understanding, or to supplement their experience at veterinary school. We discuss the consequences and implications for student study skills support.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Early online date10 Mar 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Mar 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • technology enhanced learning
  • lecture recording
  • study strategies
  • hybrid learning
  • blended learning


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