Journal of Research in Didactical Sciences

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Supporting Construction Technology Students’ Outside-of- classroom Teaching and Learning Physics at one Rwanda Polytechnic College using a Screencast Application

Jean Claude Uwayezu 1 * , Tharcisse Renzahoduke 2
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1 Master of Education in Physics Education student at African Centre of Excellence for Innovative Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science (ACEITLMS), University of Rwanda-College of Education, Rukara Campus, Rwanda.
2 Assistant Lecturer in Physics at Rwanda Polytechnic-IPRC Gishari
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Abstract

The use of information and communication technology in teaching and learning science is appreciated to enhance students’ learning process by allowing teachers to create virtual environments and this has been among sustainable solutions since the outbreak of covid-19 pandemic. This study aimed to assess the extent to which screencast application’s learning materials support construction technology students’ outside-of-classroom learning in physics at one Rwanda Polytechnic College. It was a quantitative case study conducted on 128 students who were undertaking the course of physics fundamentals. Screencast application’s learning materials about the topic of thermodynamics were provided during a period of five weeks in parallel with usual teaching and learning and students used them for outside-of-classroom learning. At the end of this intervention, a Likert scale questionnaire was administered to participating students to assess their satisfaction on the support they have received. Only 80 students successively responded to all the questionnaire items and their responses were analysed using percentage frequencies and arithmetic means of Likert scale point scores. The results indicated that students’ satisfaction on the received support was relatively good for collaborative learning (M=4.02, SD=0.04), motivation to learn physics (M=4.14, SD=0.07), independent learning in physics (M=4.13, SD=0.07) and understanding of the topic of thermodynamics (M=4.04, SD=0.08). At the studied College, it was concluded that screencast application’s learning materials support first-year construction technology students’ in their outside-of-classroom learning in physics in good help and good gain category. Scientific studies on the effect of screencast applications on students’ performance in physics are also recommended for large samples in Rwanda Polytechnic College

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Journal of Research in Didactical Sciences, 2022, Volume 1, Issue 1, Article No: 12701

https://doi.org/10.51853/jorids/12701

Publication date: 11 Dec 2022

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