IMPACT Insights

March 2022

Watching Videos at Double Speed

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Have you ever wondered if students if students can possibly absorb any information from a lecture being played at double speed? Well, a new study done at UCLA shows students who watched videos at 1.5 and double speed retained about as much as students who watched the same video at regular speed. It is only when playback exceeded twice the speed of normal human speech that comprehension began to suffer. The study concludes that while there are no significant drawbacks to watching lecture recordings at double speed, students should use the time saved on other activities to reinforce the learning.

Take the Flagship Quality Matters Workshop

The Quality Matters Standards for Online & Blended Courses is an evidence-based toolset and process for continuous improvement in online and blended courses. This March 29th - April 12th we will be running the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop and all interested Health Sciences faculty and staff are invited to participate. This is a two-week asynchronous online workshop offered through QM’s learning management system. The workshop provides:
  • An introduction to QM’s quality assurance approach, used by colleges and universities nationwide
  • Practice applying the QM rubric to a demonstration course
  • An introduction to the concept of alignment
  • The first step to becoming a QM peer reviewer
This course is especially recommended for anyone who will be building or re-designing online or blended courses. The workshop activities take approximately 6-8 hours per week to complete. The cost will be covered by the Health Sciences Dean’s Office.
Please contact Laurie Lyons ( or Alison McGuire ( to sign up for the workshop or if you have any questions.

Podcast on Better Discussion Boards

For those who like podcasts, Faculty Focus has a popular episode with strategies and tips for more engaging discussion boards. The podcast notes include resources for further reading.
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