Observational studies of student errors in a distance learning environment using a remote recording and replay tool

Logan, Kit (2000). Observational studies of student errors in a distance learning environment using a remote recording and replay tool. Technical Report 2000/09; Department of Computing, The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.00015fec

Abstract

AESOP is 'An Electronic Student Observatory Project' at the Open University, Milton Keynes consisting of a set of tools written in Smalltalk allowing student's activities and progress through an on-line distance education course to be remotely recorded, replayed and analysed. The following paper outlines some initial findings from observations made on a cross-sectional group of 368 volunteers taking the course in 2000. Students observed to be using low resolution 640 x 480 screens were noted as taking significantly longer to complete on-line course work (p=0.018). No differences were observed between age groups taking part in the study, but some gender differences were found with females reporting being less comfortable at using computers and that males used a greater variety of central processing units. Some evidence indicates that female students were also more likely to be using lower specifications machines than males. Differences noted between genders in RAM and screen size specification of the machines used by the students were found to be just outside significance level.

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