Using mobile phones to increase classroom interaction
Stephanie Henderson-Begg, Stephanie Cobb, Olivia Corcoran, Rose Heaney, University of East London, United Kingdom
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
This study examines the possible benefits of using mobile phones to increase interaction and promote active learning in large classroom settings. First year undergraduate students studying Cellular Processes at the University of East London took part in a trial of a new text-based classroom interaction system and evaluated their experience by anonymous questionnaire. Learning gains were measured before and after lectures using pre- and post-tests and interaction with the lecturer was monitored in both Text and non-Text enabled lectures. Learning gains and classroom interactions were not increased by the introduction of the text-messaging system in this instance. However, the system was generally well received, with 71% of students reporting that they would like to see it used again. Those students in particular who were found to be more likely to fear initiating classroom interaction reported most satisfaction with the introduction of the in-class text system.
Henderson-Begg, S., Cobb, S., Corcoran, O. & Heaney, R. (2009). Using mobile phones to increase classroom interaction. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2683-2688). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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