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Student Response Systems: A Cure for Lecturalgia?

, , University of Alberta, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Abstract: The most frequent cause of lecturalgia (painful lecture) is students' inability to maintain attention (McLauglin and Mandin, 2001). In order to address this problem many universities have turned to the student response system (SRS) to facilitate student interaction. The most frequently reported benefits of a SRS are that students perceive lectures to be more interactive, engaging, and enjoyable. However, little research has been conducted with large sections of education students. The general motivation for this study was to determine whether the ailment of lecturalgia can be cured by using SRS to facilitate increased interaction and engagement in large lecture classes of pre-service teachers. Results support previous findings. In addition, for instructors who are already using interactive teaching techniques, this study suggests the use of a SRS offers greater efficiency and accuracy.


Johnson, T. & Meckelborg, A. (2008). Student Response Systems: A Cure for Lecturalgia?. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4709-4717). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 21, 2019 from .



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