Making Lectures Downloadable as Digital Files: Is it Really Helping My Students?

By Maria Sagrario Simbulan.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The study attempts to find out if providing downloadable copies of lectures was serving the purpose for which it was meant or if it was creating a situation that encouraged laziness, absenteeism and an environment that allowed students to be disrespectful of speakers through inattention or willful performance of tasks unrelated to the class. The problem of determining whether making lecture files downloadable had helped students has two major aspects. The first has to do with the positive effects of making lectures downloadable. Has this exerted a positive influence on these students’ ability to meet course requirements by reducing the need to take notes, by facilitating active participation in class, by enabling better focus on the lecture, and by aiding students in preparations for examinations? The second has to do with the negative effects of making lectures downloadable. Has this exerted a negative influence on these students’ ability to meet course requirements by encouraging laziness and ill-preparedness for class discussions, by encouraging inattention and disrespect for speakers during lectures or presentations, by making the performance of tasks unrelated to the class possible, and by abetting student absenteeism? A short survey using a five-point Likert scale response pattern was created to elicit reactions to eight statements. The respondents are one hundred third and fourth year students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga. All respondents are enrolled in classes handled by the author. The survey forms were distributed on the last day of the first semester 2009-10 and collected at the end of each of the four classes included in the survey. The answers I obtain from the study will help me reassess this feature of the courses I teach and help me refine existing teaching strategies and class management techniques to benefit the students and the university.

Keywords: Making Lectures Downloadable, Downloadable Lecture Files, Student Attitudes to Downloadable Lectures, Students and Lectures

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp.313-326. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.486MB).

Prof. Maria Sagrario Simbulan

Assistant Professor, Business Management Department, University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Professor Simbulan obtained her Masters in Technology Management from the University of the Philippines, graduating at the top of her class in 1998. As a faculty member of the UP’s Extension Program in Pampanga, she teaches IT courses in the undergraduate and graduate levels. She taught graduate courses in the MBA program of the UP College of Business Administration and the Masters in Technology Management program of the Technology Management Center. The Singapore Ministry of Education under the APEC Educators Exchange Program awarded her a fellowship in 2002. She has been awarded scholarships by the UNESCO to the Distance Education course for Eastern Asian Universities on the Management of University - Industry Partnerships conducted jointly by the International Institute for Educational Planning and the European Center for Strategic Management of Universities as well as by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) to the Third Country Training Program on Technology Applications in Education for Teachers & Teacher Trainors. Professor Simbulan has over 20 years of professional IT experience, having worked as a programmer, systems analyst / designer, and consultant in private industry prior to joining the University. She has been accredited as a Government I.T. Consultant since 1995.

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