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Screencasts and Learning Styles

Screencasts and Learning Styles
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Author(s): Rui Alberto Jesus (CESPU, Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada em Ciências e Tecnologias da Saúde, Portugal)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 11
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch134


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Learning styles appear to explain something that is obvious: people learn in different ways. In this chapter, the emphasis is on the different sensory modalities by which students prefer to perceive stimuli from the outside. On the other hand, professors can use several didactic materials to deliver instruction to their students (particularly in eLearning). One of them are screencasts which are digital recordings of computer screen output, including audio voiceover. If well planned and recorded, screencasts can include text, images, diagrams, audio, video and simulations, thus aiming to reach several learning modalities. This chapter explores the relation between screencasts and sensory preferences (measured by the VARK questionnaire), in a sample of nursing students. The data was analyzed with descriptive and inferential statistics methods. The majority of these students were multimodal (61.4%), as opposed to unimodal (38.6%), and screencasts were found to be more appealing to the former, and face-to-face classes were more appealing to the latter.

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