Mobile-phone-based classroom response systems: students' perceptions of engagement and learning in a large undergraduate course

Dunn, Peter K. and Richardson, Alice and Oprescu, Florin and McDonald, Christine (2013) Mobile-phone-based classroom response systems: students' perceptions of engagement and learning in a large undergraduate course. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44 (8). pp. 1160-1174. ISSN 0020-739X


Using a Classroom Response System (CRS) has been associated with positive educational outcomes, by fostering student engagement and by allowing immediate feedback to both students and instructors. This study examined a low-cost CRS (VotApedia) in a large first-year class, where students responded to questions using their mobile phones. This study explored whether the use of VotApedia retained the advantages of other CRS, overcame some of the challenges of other CRS, and whether new challenges were introduced by using VotApedia. These issues were studied within three themes: students' perceptions of using VotApedia; the impact of VotApedia on their engagement; and the impact of VotApedia on their learning. Data were collected from an online survey, focus groups and student feedback on teaching and course content. The results indicated that using VotApedia retains the pedagogical advantages of other CRS, while overcoming some of the challenges presented by using other CRS, without introducing any new challenges.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Published online 21 Jan 2013. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 04:21
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: statistics; undergraduate; clickers; classroom response systems; VotApedia; CRS; teaching; engagement
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2012.756548

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