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Developing and enhancing independent learning skills : using video tutorials as a means of helping students help themselves

Luke, Belinda G. & Hogarth, Kate (2011) Developing and enhancing independent learning skills : using video tutorials as a means of helping students help themselves. Accounting Research Journal, 24(3), pp. 290-310.

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of short video tutorials in a post-graduate accounting subject, as a means of helping students develop and enhance independent learning skills.

Design/methodology/approach – In total, five short (approximately five to 10 minutes) video tutorials were introduced in an effort to shift the reliance for learning from the lecturer to the student. Data on students’ usage of online video tutorials, and comments by students in university questionnaires were collated over three semesters from 2008 to 2009. Interviews with students were then conducted in late 2009 to more comprehensively evaluate the use and perceived benefits of video tutorials.

Findings – Findings reveal preliminary but positive outcomes in terms of both more efficient and effective teaching and learning. Research limitations/implications – The shift towards more independent learning through the use of video tutorials has positive implications for educators, employers, and professional accounting bodies; each of whom has identified the need for this skill in accounting graduates.

Practical implications – The use of video tutorials has the potential for more rewarding teaching and more effective learning.

Originality/value – This study is one of the first to examine the use and benefits of video tutorials as a means of developing independent learning skills in accountancy students – addressing a key concern within the profession.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 48343
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Postgraduates, Self managed learning, Tutorials, Video, Independent learning skills, HERN
DOI: 10.1108/10309611111187019
ISSN: 1030-9616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Emerald Group Publishing
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2012 10:54
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 15:00

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