Lecture-Recordings: A solution for students of psychology as a minor subject?

Tatjana Spaeth-Hilbert, Tina Seufert, Stefan Wesner


Students of psychology as a minor subject often face the problem that they cannot attend psychology lectures as they coincide with courses in their major field of studies. A solution for these students might be lecture- recordings. In two field experiments, students’ learning outcome in live- lectures and low-effort lecture-recordings did not differ. In experiment 1 students were able to choose whether they attended the live-lecture or watched the lecture-recording. Though fewer students than usually attended the live-lecture, the results show that also students who do not attend class regularly could be reached by the lecture-recording. In experiment 2 students were randomly assigned to the groups. As a result, many students did not behave cooperatively. Taking the comparable learning outcome in a low- effort lecture-recording and the result concerning students’ participation into account, we encourage teachers to use lecture-recordings and, therefore, give their students the chance to choose between live-lecture and recording.


Lecture-recordings; Motivation; Learning Outcome; Learning Intensity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.20368/1971-8829/836

Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society | ISSN (online) 1971 - 8829 | ISSN (paper) 1826 - 6223 © 2017 Je-LKS - Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L).