First year undergraduate students' perception of the effectiveness and transfer of multimedia training for a university course registration system
Merideth I. Dee, Florida Atlantic University, United States
Florida Atlantic University . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the perceived effectiveness of a multimedia tutorial for first year undergraduate students (FTICs) using a university course registration system; to determine if a relationship existed between perceived effectiveness of the multimedia tutorial, gender, major, ICT usage, ICT education, ICT fluency, and ICT comfort; and to describe the transfer of learning, if any, that resulted from viewing the multimedia tutorial.
The study was both quantitative and qualitative in design addressing 10 research questions. The instruments used in this study consisted of the Registration Tutorial which included: (1) an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Fluency Questionnaire (Hilberg, 2007), (2) a multimedia tutorial designed by the researcher demonstrating the university course registration system, and (3) the Registration Video Questionnaire (RVQ) also designed by the researcher measuring perceived multimedia tutorial effectiveness. A Registration Video Tutorial Transfer of Learning Questionnaire (TLQ) was also developed by the research to measure perceived proficiency with the registration system three months after initially viewing the multimedia tutorial.
The sample included 1,196 freshmen students from a large public university in the southeastern United States. Results of the study showed that students perceived the multimedia tutorial to be effective (M = 4.19, SD = .756) and seven themes emerged through qualitative analysis as to why the tutorial was or was not effective. Results also showed there was no relationship between multimedia tutorial effectiveness and gender, major, or ICT education. There were however significant weak relationships between multimedia tutorial effectiveness and ICT usage (r = .095), multimedia tutorial effectiveness and ICT fluency ( r = .286), and multimedia tutorial effectiveness and ICT comfort (r = -.133). Furthermore, transfer of learning occurred for students (n = 66) who completed the TLQ (M = 4.01, SD =.777) and as suggested by qualitative analysis of student responses.
Implications of this study suggested that providing first year undergraduate students with a web-based multimedia tutorial is just the beginning and the need may be to focus upon the development of these students as adult learners so they can feel successful in the early stages of their academic career, thus building the self-confidence they need to effectively navigate the university environment.
Dee, M.I. First year undergraduate students' perception of the effectiveness and transfer of multimedia training for a university course registration system. Ph.D. thesis, Florida Atlantic University.
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