This weekend I decided to have a quick look at the views that they got over the semester. The videos were uploaded on the module's eFundi site (our LMS) and on YouTube. The number clicks (don't know if they were viewed all the way through) on eFundi were:
|EE_Movie_chap 1.mp4||752||EE_Movie_hst 1.mp4||772|
|EE_Movie_chap 2.1.mp4||294||EE_Movie_hst 2.1.mp4||445|
|EE_Movie_chap 2.2.mp4||230||EE_Movie_hst 2.2.mp4||331|
|EE_Movie_chap 2.3.mp4||202||EE_Movie_hst 2.3.mp4||390|
|EE_Movie_chap 3.mp4||154||EE_Movie_hst 3.mp4||449|
|EE_Movie_chap 4.1.mp4||203||EE_Movie_hst 4.1.mp4||387|
|EE_Movie_chap 4.2.mp4||132||EE_Movie_hst 4.2.mp4||306|
|EE_Movie_chap 4.3.mp4||115||EE_Movie_hst 4.3.mp4||261|
|EE_Movie_chap 4.4.mp4||96||EE_Movie_hst 4.4.mp4||274|
|EE_Movie_chap 7.1.mp4||142||EE_Movie_hst 7.1.mp4||274|
|EE_Movie_chap 7.2.mp4||106||EE_Movie_hst 7.2.mp4||248|
|EE_Movie_chap 7.3.mp4||88||EE_Movie_hst 7.3.mp4||206|
|EE_Movie_chap 7.4.mp4||69||EE_Movie_hst 7.4.mp4||187|
That is a total of 7325 clicks and an average of 338 for the Afrikaans versions and 198 for the English versions. I hope to be able to split this between students in my group and those from other groups. For all the ECON111 students of around 1150 students, the average views are low, but my group was only 250. I wonder if the videos will be used much for revision before the exam.
Is it worth the effort? It is impossible to tell if it made much of a difference to student performance. We always have a look at the correlation between module marks and number of videos watched but that won't say anything about causation. I do think that it made a difference to the time spent in class. At least I enjoyed not giving a boring lecture and rather working through exercises and presenting interesting examples.