TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE BLENDING OF DIGITAL LEARNING VIDEO CLIPS IMPROVE LEARNING PROCESS IN MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY?
Talal Al-Ameen1, Imad Muhi2, Maythem Mahmud3
1Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), Al Khobar, KSA, firstname.lastname@example.org
2Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), Al Khobar, KSA, email@example.com
3Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), Al Khobar, KSA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Problem solving and critical thinking are the two twins of modern education, and many researchers believe that they are linked – stating that problem solving may be one of the purposes for which we engage in critical thinking. The counter argument is that problem solving in general is an action performed, and if so it may not always be performed by thinking in a critical manner. Linked or not, both can be enhanced and improved through online learning videos. The purpose of this research was to investigate the use of YouTube learning videos and similar online videos created by course instructors as supplementary lectures to enhance students learning of course material and improve their problem solving and critical thinking skills. The research is carried in Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University. The respondents were 2 25 students. Data was collected using a questionnaire approach. In this paper, we quantitatively focus on ‘How many students use online video for their learning?’ and qualitatively on ‘How satisfied are they with the usefulness of these resources in improving the quality and diversity of their learning skills and exam results in and outside the classroom box?’ We found that about 64% of students do use the online videos for their learning, and about 89% of students widely agreed that the videos were a useful learning resource.
Keywords: blended (or integrated) learning, business and engineering mathematics, natural sciences (physics and chemistry), online (blackboard) educational video clips, YouTube.
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