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Redefining online biology education: a study on interactive branched video utilisation and student learning experiences

Lacey, Melissa M., Francis, Nigel J. ORCID: and Smith, David P. 2024. Redefining online biology education: a study on interactive branched video utilisation and student learning experiences. FEBS Open Bio 14 (2) , pp. 230-240. 10.1002/2211-5463.13767

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This study evaluated the use of interactive, branched videos compared with traditional passive linear delivery for enhancing student engagement and learning in online courses. Undergraduate biology students were provided with either branched decision‐based or linear videos on cell biology and protein purification as self‐guided or consolidation activities. While the interactive branched videos did not improve learning gains, thematic analysis revealed that students found them more enjoyable and preferable for revision. However, most students felt linear passive videos were more logically structured for core content delivery. In a revised format, with clearer scaffolding, the interactive branched videos were perceived as significantly more engaging and useful when utilised for a problem‐solving activity. Students welcomed the autonomy of directing their learning path but desired support to avoid missing critical information. Overall, thoughtfully designed branched videos can increase student motivation, but their utility depends on context. Our findings indicate the importance of balancing interactivity, clear organisation and purpose when incorporating these innovative formats into online learning. Branched videos show promise for increasing engagement but require intentional instructional design tailored to learning objectives.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Additional Information: License information from Publisher: LICENSE 1: URL:
Publisher: Wiley Open Access
ISSN: 2211-5463
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 January 2024
Date of Acceptance: 8 January 2024
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 11:44

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