Incorporating student response systems in mathematics classes

Lozanovski, Con and Haeusler, Carole and Tobin, Patrick (2011) Incorporating student response systems in mathematics classes. In: 8th Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics: The Long Abiding Path of Knowledge, 27 Nov-2 Dec 2011, Rotorua, New Zealand.

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In the past decade, Student Response Systems (SRS) have been used more widely in higher education as advancement in technology makes them more affordable, easier to use and of compact design. This technology shows potential in enhancing the student experience, especially in traditionally hard subjects like mathematics. Major reasons for introducing the technology into classrooms include positive student perception, anonymity, active teaching
and learning and providing a natural break from straight content delivery. There remain issues related to the integration of the technology within mathematics courses - in particular related to the time required during lectures
to successfully embed SRS without impinging too greatly on the delivery of the syllabus. In this study the appropriate number of questions that should be posed during a lecture is investigated, as is the time interval that should be
permitted per question and when each question is posed. It has been suggested that SRS are not utilized effectively unless questions used provoke deep learning but this can be problematic and impact on endemic math anxiety regardless of anonymity. It is proposed that questions involving
higher order thinking may be better explored within a tutorial environment using a Team Base Learning approach.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 01:24
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 01:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: SRS; technology; clickers
Fields of Research (2008): 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 Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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