A team of researchers at Ruhr University explored the downsides of passive online teaching, compared to face-to-face teaching. The study is published in the journal Annals of Anatomy – Anatomischer Anzeiger.
The researchers recruited 104 students and randomly assigned them sessions of traditional face-to-face teaching, passive online teaching, and interactive online teaching.
During each course, the participants’ heart rate variabilities were recorded and samples of their saliva were taken. They were also asked about the learning experience after the course.
The results revealed that the human body reacts differently to online teaching than to face-to-face formats. The course activities and the learning materials reach students more readily in face-to-face teaching and interactive online teaching.
They become involved enough to pay more attention to the lessons imparted in the interactive teaching styles, online and offline, compared to passive online teaching.
The authors elaborated: “From our point of view, these results are relevant both for the evaluation of previous digital teaching concepts and for the development of future formats. As digital learning applications become more prominent, learning environments should be designed to be demand-driven and effective.”
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Gellisch, M., Morosan-Puopolo, G., Wolf, O. T., Moser, D. A., Zaehres, H., & Brand-Saberi, B. (2023). Interactive teaching enhances students’ physiological arousal during online learning. Annals of anatomy = Anatomischer Anzeiger : official organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft, 247, 152050. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aanat.2023.152050