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Using Screen Recording and Compression Software to Support Online Learning

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Innovate: Journal of Online Education Volume 1, Number 5, ISSN 1552-3233


Online education, supported by online resources such as e-mail, chat rooms, and Web-based instruction, is a rapidly growing area of tertiary/higher education that has been facilitated by increased usage of home computers and advances in the development of user-friendly interfaces. A range of positive outcomes has accompanied the growth of online education. In addition to these positive developments, however, concerns about the loss of face-to-face interactions between students and educators have emerged. Researchers have reported the lack of "connectedness" as a problem area for online students. A common theme in the feedback from online students in the course was a perceived lack of connectedness to the university. In an attempt to increase students' sense of connectedness to the university and the lecturer, the authors initiated a small pilot study using the screen recording and compression software CaptureCAM-PRO (CCP). CCP offered the opportunity to provide information to students in an aural form, and to link this aural information to some visible cues. In order to evaluate the usefulness of this software before moving to a larger trial, the authors chose a summer school intensive undergraduate course to test the use of CCP. The results of this pilot study suggest that CCP applications can increase teaching presence and thus improve students' educational experiences. Overall, student feedback regarding the capacity of CCP to enhance the learning experience was very positive, and there were few technical difficulties. In reviewing the online course discussion, the authors further noticed that the coordinator's deliberately informal and comfortable style established a clear rapport with students that increased their sense of connection.


Barnes, L., Scutter, S. & Young, J. (2005). Using Screen Recording and Compression Software to Support Online Learning. Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 1(5),. Retrieved September 27, 2021 from .


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