Best Practices for Supporting Teaching and Learning Online: Students’ Perceptions of Online Learning Tools: Zoom and Moodle Functions

Best Practices for Supporting Teaching and Learning Online


With online learning now being implemented at the University of Macau, committed teachers are holding classes online with UMMoodle and Zoom. This blog post features some of our colleagues’ tips and best practices. Let’s see what has worked well to support teaching and learning of different disciplines in an online environment.


.Students’ Perceptions of Online Learning Tools: Zoom and Moodle Functions

By Prof. Javier Calero Cuervo (FBA)

To better understand how students perceive the online resources and tools that I have selected for my online courses, I conducted a quick feedback survey. I aimed to find out how students perceived the different online learning tools that I am using and identify tools which were perceived as most effective. It is hoped that by sharing my feedback with the community at UM, more discussion of effective practices can be facilitated.

After I had prepared online course resources and activities and taught for a few weeks, I collected students’ feedback on the online tools I have used in two sections of my course.  Students were asked, to rate different online learning tools used in my course, i.e., guided lecture notes with PPT, Zoom pre-recorded lectures, etc.

The surveys (93% response rate) revealed that 79 students from two sections of my course found that guided lecture notes and pre-recorded Zoom lectures were perceived as more effective. Students found PowerPoint slides and pre-recorded lecture were more useful for understanding the course content.

Further exploration of this finding provided more insight into how students were using these resources. After the survey, I asked students to elaborate in a forum why they rated “guided lecture notes with PPT” as most effective to their learning. The typical replies from a few students are presented below:

In my opinion, lecture notes are helpful to us when we are reviewing or preparing for classes. As the guided lecture notes are posted before, we can have a discussion in class, and we can easily get the main points on the slides, and it makes us can catch up the discussion in class easily. Moreover, we can review the PPT with explanation easily through one document. It is more convenient.

It is more flexible when reviewing, doesn’t reply on particular time/platform. And all important notes are more accessible, unlike chatbox/Zoom you have to go back and locate it.

From my perspective, lecture notes are more helpful for students to review. Because lecture notes cover most of the important content (more complete) of a lesson. Compared to live lecture, it is visible and easier to understand…. students can refer to the documents at any time, this is preferable!

From my point of view, reading PPT may not be necessarily the most effective way to learn, but it is the most efficient way to review. Because among the options given in the questionnaire, the online-learning choices (B.C.D) are not conducive to reviewing.

Although my quick survey did not ask students about live Zoom meetings for group assignments, I should mention that this activity was well-received. When I asked groups of students to present in Zoom meetings their group’s presentation, all groups could complete the activity. All sixteen groups (eight groups per section) were able to successfully share their work-in-progress to their classmates. It was a satisfying learning experience for the entire class as we all gained confidence in using Zoom.

I do hope that by sharing my students’ perceptions of online learning tools with the community at UM, we can better understand our students and continue to discuss effective teaching strategies.


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Students who would like more information should pay close attention to their courses on UMMoodle. Video tutorials on how to use UMMoodle can be found at an ICTO page, A Distance Learning Quick Start Guide for Students.

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支援在線教學的有效做法


澳大目前正積極推行在線遙距學習,不同學院的教師們通過UMMoodle和Zoom的方式進行在線課程。這篇教學網誌將介紹他們的有用貼士和例子。齊來了解不同學科的遙距教與學實用方法!


工商管理學院學生如何看待Zoom和Moodle

撰文:Javier Calero Cuervo教授(工商管理學院)

我希望找出學生對各種在線學習工具的看法,所以我為此進行了反饋調查並找出最有效的工具,我同時希望通過與澳大的教學社群分享我的意見,可以促進更多有效實踐的討論。

在開始了在線教學後,我收集了學生對於我使用在線教學工具的反饋,並要求他們對此進行評分,例如帶教學投影片、預先錄製的Zoom影片等;有近80位學生認為以上兩種工對於了解學習內容很有效。

以上的調查方便我在了解學生如何使用這些資源上,提供了更多見解,之後我要求學生在Moodle上說明,為什麼他們認為“帶有PPT的指導性講義”對學習最有效, 以下是一些學生的回答:

我認為在我們複習或準備上課時,筆記對我們很有幫助。由於之前已發布了指導性講義,所以我們可以輕鬆地在在課堂上進行討論,並且可以獲得投影片上的重點;此外我們可以通過一份文件回顧PPT及解釋。

 重溫時更靈活,無需在特定時間/平台上回覆,而且所有重要筆記都很易查看,與chatbox / Zoom不同,您必須回看記錄並找尋。

 我認為,講義對學生複習更有幫助,因為講義涵蓋課程的大部分重要內容,與即時課堂相比,它是可見並且更易於理解,學生可以隨時查閱文件。

 閱讀PPT不一定是最有效的學習方法,但它是複習的有效方法,因為在線學習選項(B.C.D)不利於重溫。

 

儘管我的調查並未了解學生有關使用Zoom做小組作業的情況,但這項活動很受好評。當我要求學生在Zoom會議中作小組報告時,他們都可以完成活動。所有小組都能夠與同學成功分享他們的正在進行的工作,整個班級的學習經歷都很令人滿意。

學生應密切注意他們在UMMoodle上有關課程的各種資訊,

也可以參閱ICTO〝學生遙距學習快速入門指南〞(相關連結

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By |2020-04-19T15:27:53+08:00April 15th, 2020|T&L Blog|1 Comment

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  1. Chris Fulton April 16, 2020 at 11:43 pm

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