Lecture recordings and clear Moodle course areas promote learning

Students at the University of Oulu can give feedback on each course implementation through Peppi. From the point of view of how digital pedagogical methods and tools were used on the implementations, the best rated implementations often received positive feedback both for the clarity of the Moodle course area and for enabling flexible studying. Based on the open answers, students' learning is particularly promoted by the availability of lecture recordings and clear Moodle course areas.

Digital Pedagogy and Video Services team from ICT Services examines regularly the final feedback given by students on how the digital pedagogical tools and methods utilised in the course implementations have promoted learning on a scale of 1–4. For the latest review (6/2022–1/2023), the average of the responses was 3.45 – the result is excellent! The open-ended responses focused especially on lecture recordings and Moodle course areas - this time even more strongly compared to the previous review from spring 2022.

Students feel that available lecture recordings help with running over and summarizing the main points and, on the other hand, make it possible to keep up with the teaching if, for one reason or another, they have been unable to participate in real-time teaching. The feedback also highlighted mentions of the clarity of the Moodle course areas: it is obviously important that all the necessary information and materials are in the course area in general – and can be easily found there.

Hybrid teaching continues to receive a lot of positive feedback: the possibility to choose between remote or face-to-face work brings a lot of flexibility to the student's everyday life, especially for students with families and working ones, and also in case of illness. In addition, various activating assignments given in remote lectures and mini-exams available in the learning environment received praises from the students.

From the feedback, our team received really good tips for developing our services. Our aim is to use the review to outline the points where our support and services should be targeted more in the future from the students' point of view.

Suvi Kauppi
Designer (Digital Pedagogy and Video Services)