Instructor perceptions of using a mobile-phone-based, free classroom response system in first-year statistics undergraduate courses

Dunn, Peter K. and Richardson, Alice and McDonald, Christine and Oprescu, Florin (2012) Instructor perceptions of using a mobile-phone-based, free classroom response system in first-year statistics undergraduate courses. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 43 (8). pp. 1041-1056. ISSN 0020-739X

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Student engagement at first-year level is critical for student achievement, retention and success. One way of increasing student engagement is to use a Classroom Response System (CRS), the use of which has been associated with positive educational outcomes by fostering student engagement and by allowing immediate feedback to both students and instructors. Traditional CRS rely on special and often costly hardware (clickers), and often special software, requiring IT support. As a result, the costs of implementation and use may be substantial. This study explores the use of a low-cost CRS (VotApedia) from an instructor perspective. The use of VotApedia enabled first-year students to become anonymously engaged in a large-class environment by using their mobile phones to vote on multiple-choice questions posed by instructors during lectures. VotApedia was used at three Australian universities in first year undergraduate statistics classes. The instructors in the study collected qualitative and quantitative data specifically related to interacting with the VotApedia interface, the in-class delivery, and instructor perceptions of student engagement. This paper presents the instructors' perceptions of the advantages and challenges of using VotApedia, the practicalities for consideration by potential adopters and recommendations for the future.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 11:48
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 03:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: statistics; undergraduate; clickers; classroom response systems; VotApedia; CRS; teaching
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2012.678896

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