Proposal Title

Impact of Digital Literacy Projects on Student Learning in a Mathematics Course

Track

Research Proposal / Learning Theories and Pedagogy

Proposal Abstract

Material retention, student motivation, communication skills and competency in employing digital media effectively were improved by imposing digital based team projects as part of the requirements in a senior mathematics course. For their projects, students had to produce tutorial videos, share them with their peers and comment effectively on others work trough an online platform. The efficiency of the study was assessed though grade comparison as well as student surveys. The results show an obvious increase in the performances of the students, a very positive impact on their motivation to learn and a significant improvement of their digital communication skills.

Proposal Description

The benefit of project based teaching is already proven and the enthusiasm of the current student generation for digital tools is obvious. Imposing digital projects as part of the class requirement improves their competency in employing digital communications effectively, communication skills and ability to produce effective digital media. These skills are important in the current work force. The purpose of this study was also to improve retention of content, student motivation and save face-to-face time by implementing several digital projects in a higher level mathematics class. The students grouped in teams of three to four produced several “ tutorial videos”, through which they had to show their mastery of the subject along with real world applications of the material.The content of the videos had to follow specified guidelines, but the format was up to the team. After producing their videos they had to share them with the class through the online platform CANVAS. The second part of the assignments was to comment on all the other students' video projects using CANVAS learning management system.

To assess the improvement of concept retention, students were given tests which included questions that matched each projects. An analysis was carried out to see if the questions related to their projects were done correctly. Also, the tests averages were compared to previous semesters' averages of the same tests. In addition the students' perception of the study was assessed through a survey gathering their feelings about concept retention, motivation increase, self confidence reinforcement, etc... The results of the study show an obvious increase in the performance of the students, a very positive impact on their motivation to learn and a significant improvement of their digital communication skills. Through this presentation an efficient teaching technique and its implementation will be shared with instructors from different disciplines.

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Mar 30th, 9:00 AM Mar 30th, 9:45 AM

Impact of Digital Literacy Projects on Student Learning in a Mathematics Course

Material retention, student motivation, communication skills and competency in employing digital media effectively were improved by imposing digital based team projects as part of the requirements in a senior mathematics course. For their projects, students had to produce tutorial videos, share them with their peers and comment effectively on others work trough an online platform. The efficiency of the study was assessed though grade comparison as well as student surveys. The results show an obvious increase in the performances of the students, a very positive impact on their motivation to learn and a significant improvement of their digital communication skills.