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The Usefulness of Videos as a Learning Tool in Applied Ethics Courses - Conference

The third international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education - AUB

Mona Itani

on 29 December 2013

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Transcript of The Usefulness of Videos as a Learning Tool in Applied Ethics Courses - Conference

The Usefulness of Videos as a Learning Tool
in Applied Ethics Courses By: Mona Itani The Problem The Research The videos Statistics Conclusions Questionnaire ... More Future Work How to make applied ethics courses delivery more effective in meeting their learning objectives?
Engineering Ethics Students from AUB The Informant Fall 2011-2012 The Informant vs. Henry's Daughters 96% of surveyed students believed videos were beneficial Formulate the conclusions as "Hypotheses" and test them on a larger sample of students in different applied ethics courses Henry's Daughters (NIEE) Inside Job Recommended interactive tools:

case studies
role-playing Are these learning tools really effective in applied ethics courses? Let's examine one of the tools: Videos Rely on research methods other than student surveys in order to assess the effectiveness of videos and other interactive tools in achieving the objectives of applied ethics courses
Academic year 2011-12, Fall & Spring
Paper-based questionnaire
Open & closed-ended questions Who? When? How? Number of students: 31

Shown movies: The Informant &
Henry's Daughters
Discussion: Brief discussion after
showing "Henry's Daughters"
Related activities: Mandatory assignment
on "The Informant"
Optional Assignment
on "Henry's Daughters" 24 students responded to questionnaire
i.e. 77% response rate Spring 2011-2012 Number of students: 37

Shown movies: Inside Job

Discussion: Held one session after
viewing the movie

Related activities: Mandatory assignment 30 students responded to questionnaire
i.e. 82% response rate Questionnaire stats: Questionnaire stats: Questionnaire Based on a real story Hypothetical movie Documentary
Business Ethics Inside Job Discussions & Assignments Are videos good learning tools on their own, or can their effectiveness be improved with traditional teaching methods? Overall Student Perceptions 1. Videos are beneficial indeed in applied ethics courses 2. Students like commercial movies that have been recently shown in the theaters and star well-known actors better than un-known movies 87% of students from Fall 2011-12 semester preferred "The Informant" over "Henry's Daughters" although it was longer and they had for come an extra session to watch it 3. Students believe that movies based on real stories are more worthwhile to watch than fictional movies even when the former include documentaries Our survey suggests that a discussion session following the movie would help the students better understand the movie and the involved ethical issues Video Aiding Tools Discussions & Assignments Thank you Videos as a learning tool "Multimedia Delivery of a case" Can be a Hollywood film, television show, documentary, animation, or especially designed for courses Questions:

Are videos really an effective tool for teaching ethics? Which videos are better to use? Documentaries, commercial movies, or hypothetical movies? What is the level of understanding of the students of these videos, and can they relate the content of the course to the ethical concepts embedded in the movie? What can we do to enhance the experience of learning via videos? "Yes, easier and faster understanding. It's better to show it before the chapter." Student Opinions "As long as these videos are the result of a real life story yes !" "Yes it is because, first of all it makes the course more interesting, and second watching a movie will make the ideas stick more in the students mind than reading the story in a book." "Of course, since students should be entertained and do something other than listening" "yes, it highlights ethical issues and allow us to understand them more in practice (not just theory of ethics) to see how ethical issues can be viewed in real life." Investigate the problem using more methods of video delivery e.g. online viewing via YouTube
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