Research proposal

Show me, and I may remember: using multimedia to enhance post-training recall

Context

The author works as a Learning Technology Advisor, providing support for learning and teaching technologies  in a busy school at a northern university. It is currently the largest school in the university with 300 teaching staff offering courses in a range of subjects from health through to social sciences.

The author frequently delivers training, in the form of small group workshops or elbow-to-elbow sessions.  Although this kind of activity has many benefits, on of the major drawbacks is that unless participants practice or use the skills they have learn from the training sessions then recall of these skills deteriorates and further support is needed. This can be inconvenient for staff and inefficient for the author, therefore this study is going to examine the effectiveness of a web-based resource in enhancing outcomes from training.

Aims

To develop and evaluate a training resource to support the training of staff to download grade data out of Unilearn, and which will be delivered be delivered in the following formats: group and elbow to elbow training with a supporting web-based resource combining screencasts and an instruction sheet.

The resource will contain both screencasts and instructions sheets because although screencasts have many benefits they can be difficult to navigate, and there is anecdotal evidence that some staff prefer to follow an instruction sheet than watch a video guide.

This research will also help the author understanding user preferences of the staff he supports and will aid developing better resources.

Research methods

Data collection methods: post-intervention questionnaire and semi-structured interviews; it may be possible to collect usage stats for the resource and compare those with number of requests for post-training support.

Sampling method: Willingness to take part indicated by filling in the questionnaire, which contains invitation to interview in questionnaire.

Reliability: precision of instruments will be evaluated by piloting.

Generalisability: it may be that the results are specific to the nature of the group that the author is invesitgating, however it is hoped there may be some recommendations about the use of post-training support resources.

Validity: It is hoped that the validity of the research will be supported by the use of both quantative and qualitative research methods

Bias: Estimator bias/Selection bias

Ethics: All participants consent to take part. All participants are capable of consent. All data is confidentiality,
anonymity of participants will be ensured and  there is freedom to leave the research at any point.

Risk assessment: minimise potential for harm; support for participants and researchers will be signposted.

All appropriate Ethics Panels identified and consulted.

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