Scientists Believe e-Learning Can Provide Students More Effective Learning Experience

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 15:12

A new study by the Harvard scientists suggested that e-learning not only can teach students more but can be just as enjoyable.

According to the Tech Explorist report, online demos provide an excellent method of course delivery unbound by time or location, allowing for accessibility to instruction at anytime from anywhere. Learners find the online environment a convenient way to fit education into their busy lives.

Based on the study, e-learning provides students with an equally effective — or possibly even more effective — learning experience. Even when live demonstrations are available, it may be helpful to supplement them with high-quality videos.

For the study, scientists split an introductory physics class into two groups. The first watched a video of a short science demonstration in a classroom setting, while the other group saw the experiment live in the same classroom. They then flipped the groups and performed a second demonstration to reduce bias.

Although the demos were virtually identical, the group who first saw the live presentation watched gestures, blackboard illustrations, and physical props, such as large wooden arrows, while the group who viewed video demos followed superimposed graphics, slow-motion video, and animations. In the end, students from both groups who watched the online video scored higher on tests on the material presented, without any reported decrease in enthusiasm.

The paper describing the study is published in the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research.

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