Making training more cognitively effective: making videos interactive

Cherrett, Tom, Wills, Gary B., Price, Joe, Maynard, Sarah and Dror, Itiel E. (2009) Making training more cognitively effective: making videos interactive. British Journal of Educational Technology, 40, (6), 1124-1134. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00985.x).


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The cost of health and safety (H&S) failures to the UK industry is currently estimated at up to £6.5 billion per annum, with the construction sector suffering unacceptably high levels of work-related incidents. Better H&S education across all skill levels in the industry is seen as an integral part of any solution. Traditional lecture-based courses often fail to recreate the dynamic realities of managing H&S on site and therefore do not sufficiently create deeper cognitive learning (which results in remembering and using what was learned). The use of videos is a move forward, but passively observing a video is not cognitively engaging and challenging, and therefore learning is not as effective as it can be. This paper describes the development of an interactive video in which learners take an active role. While observing the video, they are required to engage, participate, respond and be actively involved. The potential for this approach to be used in conjunction with more traditional approaches to H&S was explored using a group of 2nd-year undergraduate civil engineering students. The formative results suggested that the learning experience could be enhanced using interactive videos. Nevertheless, most of the learners believed that a blended approach would be most effective.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00985.x
ISSNs: 0007-1013 (print)
1467-8535 (electronic)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment > Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology
ePrint ID: 74244
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2009Published
26 August 2009Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:07
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