A Comparative Investigation of Student Learning through PechaKucha Presentations in Online Higher Education


The purpose of this study was to determine if using student recorded PechaKucha™ 20 × 20 presentations as an assignment in an online classroom yielded equivalent student learning compared to a similar written assignment. Twenty-one (15 women and 6 men) online graduate students participated in a mixed-method study using online surveys with a quasi-experimental design. While it was determined that student learning was similar regardless of assignment type (t(20) = 1.481, p = .154), the study revealed benefits of using recorded PechaKucha presentations, including increased content engagement and increased student enjoyment.

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    This term is abbreviated as PechaKucha throughout this article.

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    For more information about PechaKucha presentations, visit https://www.pechakucha.com/


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Ave, J.S., Beasley, D. & Brogan, A. A Comparative Investigation of Student Learning through PechaKucha Presentations in Online Higher Education. Innov High Educ 45, 373–386 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-020-09507-9

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