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Student Preference and Results after Comparing Screencast and Static Tutorials: A Usability Study

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Title: Student Preference and Results after Comparing Screencast and Static Tutorials: A Usability Study
Author(s): Mestre, Lori S.
Subject(s): online learning usability studies tutorial assessment UIUC,
Abstract: Tutorials can be “captivating” and if designed in a pedagogically sound way can provide valuable active learning experiences. However, the incorporation of multimedia takes extra time and expertise as far as learning the software, scripting, storyboarding, capturing, adding call outs, hotspots, captioning and recording. With demands on time at a premium it is important to evaluate whether the efforts result in the desired goals. Do students learn better with this type of platform/presentation of material or would they learn just as well, or better, with another? To test this, a usability study of two types of tutorials was conducted with 21 students representing diverse cultures and learning styles. Four hypotheses were tested to determine if tutorials made with screencasting software or those that that were static web pages with screenshots resulted in better comprehension for the task at hand.
Issue Date: 2012-05
Publisher: Emerald
Citation Info: Lori S. Mestre, (2012),"Student preference for tutorial design: a usability study", Reference Services Review, Vol. 40 Iss: 2 pp. 258 - 276 Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00907321211228318
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/31245
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-05-28
 

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