Patterns in students’ usage of lecture recordings: A cluster analysis of self-report data

Abstract

Students’ usage of lecture recordings can be characterized by usage frequency, repetitiveness and selectivity in watching, lecture attendance, and social context and location in which students watch the lecture recordings. At the University of Münster (Germany) we evaluated the lecture recording service over three semesters. This data was combined and used for a cluster analysis with the goal of being able to describe distinct usage patterns. The cluster analysis was performed using partitioning around medoids with Gower distance. Five clusters of students were identified, which differed mainly on the amount of lecture recordings watched, whether the lecture recordings were watched completely or in parts, whether the recordings were watched once or multiple times, and the number of lectures the students missed. The five clusters are interpreted as representing different ways of utilizing lecture recordings. The clustering provides a basis for investigating the usage of lecture recordings in the context of different approaches to learning and learning strategies.

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Daniel Ebbert
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Daniel Ebbert is currently working as a doctoral student at the University of Münster while also managing the lecture recordings for the university. His interests include lecture recordings, eLearing and learning analytics. He signed the Cost of Knowledge as well as the Commitment to Research Transparency and Open Science.