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Cochran Earns National Award from Tegrity

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Dr. Loretta Cochran, associate professor of management at Arkansas Tech University, has received a national award for her study of success rates among students utilizing a new video technology.

Cochran (photographed) received the 2012 McGraw-Hill Tegrity Outcomes Assessment Award in recognition of a study that she conducted concerning the use of cloud-based lecture capture technology and the effect that it has on student learning.

The results of her study were detailed in a webinar co-presented by Cochran and Ken Wester, director of the technology center at Arkansas Tech. The event was hosted by University Business magazine.

More than 100 attendees from higher learning institutions across the United States participated in the webinar.

Cochran found that the percentage of students who made an A in her operations management course increased from 9.2 percent without Tegrity cloud-based video lectuers in 2009 to 14.3 percent with the Tegrity system in 2010.

The percentage of students failing the course dropped from 9.2 percent in 2009 to 1.8 percent in 2010.

Qualitative student feedback revealed that individuals found the Tegrity cloud-based video lectures helpful because they allow students to "slow all the problems down" and comprehend them at their own pace.

"Arkansas Tech has a significant commitment to provide innovative tools like Tegrity to improve student outcomes," said Cochran. "It takes leadership to put resources in the hands of faculty and great technical support to assist the faculty in getting technology to perform in the classroom in such a way to improve student performance. It is very rewarding for me as a faculty member to watch students take advantage of the Tegrity lectures and other learning opportunities in addition to class time and assignments. The big payoff is when that commitment the student has made turns into a better grade in the course."

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