Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents. Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.
1. The e-tool was easy to incorporate into my course.
2. I used the e-tool to address the following:(select all that apply)
- Presenting relevant information found elsewhere on the net (alternative explanations of concepts, etc.).
- Teaching material and for use as example of concepts.
- demonstration of course concepts.
- Allowed students to review material at any time and as often as necessary to understand the material presented in class.
- Course material review.
3.Do you think the e-tool exemplified the construct of UDI within your course? (UDI is defined as an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.)
4. Please comment on the benefits of using the e-tool in your course.
- Absolutely invaluable for delivering video lectures in an accessible way. Makes videos easily accessible to students. The vast amount of other videos often provides access to alternative explanations of difficult concepts that may "click" with different learners, etc.
- I used another YouTube video to learn how to add closed-captioning to my video for free.
- Brief videos are excellent ways to communicate key points. Videos are a great teaching tool and links to YouTube don't require "memory" or slow down the upload/download process. Allowed students to recognize either the applicability of course concepts or provided a demonstration of course concepts.
- Short, brief videos that help illustrate points. Students learn at different paces and come to a class with different background knowledge of the material. You Tube videos of chemistry problems being worked out by me allowed students needing more time with the material to watch demonstrations of problem solving as often as necessary. Students having a better understanding of the material were given the opportunity to review specific new examples of problems to prepare for exams. I used You Tube by embedding it into my blackboard for the course to help introduce the topic through the video. Then I did a small stakes assignment that asked them to answer questions related to the video. So it did work. Allows multiple modes of presenting content (audio and visual); bridges "human" gap for online course by allowing students to hear my voice, etc. Great to include brief videos that illustrate concepts and provide examples. Can use the videos regardless of the text publisher.
- It was an alternative way to present information, appealing to a variety of learning styles and an alternate explanation of the material.
- Gave students less prepared for the course, or needing extra time to absorb concepts a method for receiving tutoring at any time and anywhere.
5. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the e-tool in your course.
- Limited by two things: 1) what video editing software you have limits what you can do with the video, 2) other users' content may disappear, etc.
- Some students could (possibly) have bandwidth issues. But, I have not heard any complaints. Often difficult to find "educational" clips.
- Time consuming to find videos, difficult to find what I wanted sometimes. Takes A LOT of time to find good videos and then sometimes the links no longer work so there's a lot of maintenance work.
- I do not see any drawbacks other than I did not have a lot of time this semester to do more of it. However, I definitely see myself using this e-tool more next semester. This is becoming less of an issue, but students must have a stable computer/internet connection to access these videos. It is VERY time consuming to find these videos and they are sometimes taken down so the links become broken.
- Very time consuming to record the videos.
6. I will use the e-tool in another course.
7. In the future, I will use the e-tool to address the following: (select all that apply)
- Alternative explanations.
- Supplement other teaching materials.
- Demonstration of course concepts.
- Subject review.
- Presenting course content.
- For review of course materials.
Student e-Tool Review Results
Number of students who took the survey: 49
Number of students with learning disabilities who took the survey: 4
1. The tool was easy to use.
2. The tool assisted me with the following: (Select all that apply)
3. Please comment on the benefits of using the tool in the course.
- The particular link the instructor wanted us to see was right there. There was no question if we were watching the right one.
- VERY helpful.
- Gave great real life examples of the material.
- Good content and layout.
- Good visual aid
- The videos were fun and helped to keep my attention.
- YouTube is a great tool.
- I chose the ones I liked on you tube.
- Understanding more the course and the problems.
- This tool allowed me to understand the concepts being taught better. I got to see real life examples of things being taught in the class.
- I thought it was great - showed me exactly in a video what I needed to do & I could also hear the teacher’s voice, which you normally cannot in an on-line class.
- Easy to use, different way of learning.
- Being able to see the screen in the tutorials helped immensely.
- Adds to the PowerPoint. Gives a visual aid.
- It was easy additional information to study.
- They made unclear things in class easier to understand through comedy or acting out tough situations.
- It was nice to compare the instructors presentation to videos we viewed in class. Was interseting watching the videos.
- The professor incorportated Youtube videos into her online lectures.
- Was good video supplementation to topics being taught.
- Youtube videos provided a nice supplement to the material.
4. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the tool
- I did not see any drawbacks to using this tool.
- Took time to load on slow computers.
- The ones by instructor were not easy to watch, the ones by others were too noisy and flashy!
- I feel that there are not drawbacks for using the tool.
- Might not work when you want it to.
- Sometimes the links do not work.
- I have no draw backs other than non-updated websites.
- I do not think I used this tool.
- Some videos were drawn out and not very interesting.