Two faculty members were awarded Mack Fellowships and join the community of Mack Center SoTL scholars. Join us in congratulating David Smiley (IUB) and Sau Hou Chang (IUS).
David’s project, entitled “Evaluating the impact of personal response systems with lecture capture on student performance (phase 2)”, focuses on the effect of Kaltura’s lecture capture and Top Hat’s technologies and their combined effect on student learning outcomes. Lecture capture is an active learning technology that is gaining the attention of instructors and student’s on college campuses and involves the recording of classroom activities (both audio and video) using various software to make the recordings available electronically. This new environment allows students to access current material, supplement classroom discussions and highlight new course content. Previous research conducted on lecture capture technology has shown mixed results indicating an increase in student performance with positive results from webcasting/podcasting to decrease class attendance.
Sau Hou’s research focuses on the work of Dunn, Saville, Baker and Marek (2013) which suggested the use of teaching strategies and techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective, such as the testing effect and interteaching. The testing effect refers to the phenomenon that taking tests enhances memory and improves performance (Roediger & Karpicke, 2006). Interteaching is a mutually probing, mutually informing conversation between two people to deal with the main points in a specified selection of material (Boyce & Hineline, 2002). The purpose of this study is to find out whether testing effect would be enhanced by interteaching. Results will be useful to teachers looking for methods to promote students’ learning.
The goal of the Mack Fellowship program is to promote and enhance the community of IU faculty engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning, often known as SoTL. Each year the Mack Center selects fellows to conduct ambitious research pertaining to teaching and learning, and to participate in our community of SoTL scholars. Fellows not only work on their own research with the mentorship of the community, but also have additional opportunities for collaborating on additional research projects. Mack Fellows receive $1,500 in initial research funds and $1,500 after they complete their project and submit a paper to a scholarly journal.