The Effects of Video-Based & In-Person Instruction on Tactile Activities

Researchers: Krisha Moeller, Greg Startzel, and Kirby Yau (April 2014)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report provides a comparative analysis of two groups of learners --those who learned via video instruction and those who were in a classroom environment-- when completing a crafting project. Methods included gathering perceptual data in pre- and post-performance surveys, and performance data in the form of a rubric to score the projects, and a tally sheet to note learner support usage during project performance. All instruments and data can be found in the Appendix. The results of the data analysis show that there is not a significant difference in the performance of the two groups. As for the usefulness of learner supports, there was not a significant preference of one support over another in the video group, while there was a greater standard deviation for the teacher modeling the process in the traditional group. There was not a significant statistical difference in the overall feeling about the instruction when comparing the video and the traditional group. These findings lead to the following conclusions:

  • A variety of supports are used to support both traditional and video instruction
  • There is no clear preference for one type of support over another in either environment
  • There is no statistical difference in the performance on a craft project between a video-based instructional method and a traditional method
  • Further research on different skills may be necessary to determine the efficacy of video-based instruction outside of craft-based projects

  • The generalizability of these findings may be limited because this research only focused on a small group of current high school art students. As art students, their artistic predilections may also affect their performance on a craft project as compared to learners who do not take an art class.

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    Susan Connell

    Adjunct Instructor
    Learning Design & Technology MA Program
    San Diego State University
    www.sdsu.edu
    +1 619 743-2669

    To Whom It May Concern;

    I highly recommend Krisha Moeller as a candidate to fulfill your educational technology needs. As an adjunct instructor in the Educational Technology Department at San Diego State University, I had the pleasure of having Krisha in my Educational Multimedia Web Development class in the Fall of 2013.

    In every class there are always one or two standout students, but Krisha’s work stood out as some of the best after teaching that course for nearly 10 years. She consistently exceeded the assignment objectives with outstanding deliverables and was very motivating in sharing her discoveries with fellow students. In her most impressive assignment, she created a very sophisticated prototype web site for the Student Society for Learning Design and Technology Everywhere (SLATE) that was well beyond the scope of the rubric.

    In spite of the fact that Krisha was a distance student, she has become very involved in department activities, both in the classroom and out, using the technologies that she has been learning to overcome obstacles of location and time. Not only did she become involved, but she shared her enthusiasm to enable her distance classmates to feel more a part of the department as well.

    From conversing with her, I understand that Krisha is active in other groups related to Education and the Arts, and has worked as a credentialed teacher of various digital arts at the high school level. Having a student with her enthusiasm, creativity and initiative are certainly a credit to our University. As a member of the high-tech business community, I feel that she is also the sort of person who will be sought after as a valuable employee when she completes her studies. I recommend Krisha to you without reservation. If you have any further questions with regard to her work, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Susan Connell
    Adjunct Instructor
    Learning Design & Technology MA Program
    San Diego State University
    www.sdsu.edu
    +1 619 743-2669

    Sheila Sofian

    Associate Professor
    John C. Hench School of Cinematic Arts
    University of Southern California
    www.usc.edu
    +1 213 740-7595

    To Whom it May Concern;

    I am writing this letter on behalf of Krisha Moeller who is applying for a position working in educational technology. Krisha Moeller was a student in my animation classes at College of the Canyons for three years. While at College of the Canyons, Krisha founded the COC Animation Club, in which I served as the faculty advisor. Krisha is one of the most responsible and reliable students I have come across in my teaching career. As president and then treasurer of the COC Animation Club, Krisha completed all of the paperwork and recruited students to get the club off the ground. Although Krisha carried a large academic load, she managed to lead the club in many endeavors, including creating an "Earth Day Animation" which was broadcast on public access television. As the faculty advisor for the club, I relied on Krisha to do much of the work. She would take time out of her schedule to participate in a "club bash" recruitment event or bake sale, and was always the first person to volunteer for such responsibilities. I have been impressed with her willingness to take on additional work as well as her dependability. Krisha has always excelled as a student. She met all of her deadlines, and was a consistent "A" student. She understood that animation required dedication, and that it is important to network in order to succeed.

    One year the COC Animation Club traveled to the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The club raised the funds for the festival tickets and the accommodations. Krisha was one of two students selected to attend an international television conference at the festival. While at the conference she mingled with producers from the international animation community. She did not hesitate to ask questions during the lectures. Several producers mentioned that they were impressed with her and expected her to succeed.

    I am extremely confident that Krisha will succeed in any endeavor she chooses. When I left COC for a position at USC, Krisha designed a website for me as a gift (www.sheilasofian.com.) The result is a beautifully designed and practical website in which I am able to feature my work and sell my films. Krisha is extremely talented and adept with technology. The website has received many compliments, and has improved my professional presence online. Krisha is currently teaching Digital Art & Media at Da Vinci School of Design. As part of her work, she has been finding ways to utilize new technology in the classroom. An example of this is the digital learning platform she created, www.missmoeller.com. This website is rich with features, and will add to the students' education enormously.

    Krisha is currently overseeing the development of a public digital learning platform for arts-based educators and students,The Free Artists Network (www.freeartists.net). which requires project management abilities, enormous research, and technical competence. It is with no hesitation that I recommend Krisha Moeller for a position as Director of Educational Technology for your district.

    Sincerely,
    Sheila Sofian
    Associate Professor
    John C. Hench School of Cinematic Arts
    University of Southern California
    www.usc.edu
    +1 213 740-7595