Using Positive Visual Stimuli to Lighten The Online Learning Experience through In Class Questioning

  • Chia-Hung Lai Department of Engineering Science National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Ming-Chi Liu Department of Engineering Science National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Chia-Ju Liu Graduate Institue of Science Education National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
  • Yueh-Min Huang Department of Engineering Science National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Keywords: positive visual stimuli, in-class question, online learning, synchronous learning platform, funny image

Abstract

Using in-class questions is an efficient instructional strategy to keep abreast of the state of student learning in a class. Some studies have found that discussing in-class questions in synchronous learning is helpful. These studies demonstrated that synchronous questions not only provide students with timely feedback, but also allow teachers to change the pedagogy adaptively. However, some studies have also shown negative results of synchronous questions in that students may resist being questioned because of anxiety. Therefore, this paper proposes an idea of showing students funny images in order to reward them for providing correct answers. The effect of connecting questions with funny image rewards was examined by collecting data on student test scores, on facial expressions and on electroencephalogram (EEG) responses elicited using this strategy. The data on students' facial expressions indicated that being presented with funny images for correct answers consistently helps to arouse positive emotions in participants. Also, the data on the EEG responses showed that the participants receiving the rewarded questions demonstrated a trend toward increasing levels of attention and relaxation. However, the results also revealed that significant improvements in test scores were not apparent regardless of whether or not amusing visual stimuli were used. The findings imply that showing funny images as a stimulus enhances students' affective states in student-teacher interactions during online learning activities.

Published
2016-02-02
How to Cite
Lai, C.-H., Liu, M.-C., Liu, C.-J., & Huang, Y.-M. (2016). Using Positive Visual Stimuli to Lighten The Online Learning Experience through In Class Questioning. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v17i1.2114