ALT-C 2009 Infrastructure Technologies

Infrastructure technologies
2 short paper(s)
92 Effective Technology for Effective Reading: Innovative use of hyperlinks in online readings for low prior knowledge learners
Jon Loose

If a learner is able to navigate their own way, they can facilitate a representation of the information as they take their own path through the text, so hypertext is good.


  • non-linear structure is beneficial to learning


  • not directing the user can inhibit knowledge construction
  • can be disorienting
  • lack of coherance
  • need for prior knowledge
  • metacognitive demands

Reading Styles:

  • Linear Readers:
    • fast
    • slow
  • Lookback Readers:
    • Non-selective reviewers
    • topic structure processors (best comprehension)

(Hyona & Nurminen, 2006; Hyona, Lorch, & Kaakinen, 2002)

Can hyperlinked text facilitate low-knowledge learners?

152 Large scale implementation of a lecture capture system: a value added initiative?
Philip Bradley, Carol Summerside, Mark Agar, Phil Ansell, Robin Humphrey, Julian Knight, Az Mohammed, John Moss, Carys Watts, Janet Wheeler, Dave Wolfendale

Top down approache, decision to roll out across site

2 groups. implementation group, educational-use group

used lectopia rebranded as ‘ReCap’ to get across that it was in addition to lectures rather than replacement –

Videos behind password protected site, available only to University members – not open

Book system in advance, then when mic picks up sound (as long as it is turned on), it starts recording, and afterwards you are emailed a link.

Educational uses

  • lecture recording
  • supplementary information
  • reprocessing of support materials
  • staff training materials
  • conferences and public lectures
  • recruitment and marketing
    • i.e. open day videos for overseas students
  • administration
  • research seminars

Institutional Implementation

  • ReCap Education Steering Group

Feedback and Evaluation

  • overwhelming student positive response
  • 92% of students said it didn’t affect their attendance of lectures
  • staff disagreed

Main staff issues are training and getting them to accept that it records the performance of the day, no editing, warts and all.

5 year vision

  • Ubiquitous, all locations allow
  • increase ease of use to
    • editing
    • lecture room control
    • desktop capture
  • integration with VLE
  • transition from pilot to production service
  • searchability

Costs: 2-5K per lecture theatre

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