What did the experiment with lecture recording in the class consist of?
141 students participated and both sections had the same lecturer. Students were informed which class would have a lecture recording and that it would be made available to them the week after the actual class. In both sections, students were told they would have attendance taken through a sign-up sheet in every class.
Both sections were almost identical in which they were taught in the same manner and the same material except for one section being recorded. At the end of the semester, experimental condition participants completed a questionnaire on their experience with the system alongside a standard course evaluation. Students in the control condition only completed a standard course evaluation.
The results of the study found that most students believed that lecture recordings were a good idea but only a limited amount of the student watched the recordings once they were available. Additionally, it was concluded that lecture recording had a negative impact on how many people attended the lectures and on their academic achievement from the course. Overall, Drouin concluded that the availability of lecture recording led to lower attendance rates and in turn lower course grades but advised that it is also a useful supplement for studying and has both positive and negative consequences.