Please take out your phones : on the spot solicitation of student feedback in class
Foth, Marcus, Fitz-Walter, Zachary, Ti, Jimmy, Russell-Bennett, Rebekah, & Kuhn, Kerri-Ann (2012) Please take out your phones : on the spot solicitation of student feedback in class. In Farrell, Vivienne, Farrell, Graham, Chua, Caslon, Huang, Weidong, Vasa, Raj, & Woodward, Clinton (Eds.) Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2012) : Integration, Interaction, Innovation, Immersion, Inclusion, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 150-153.
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The use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets in classrooms has been met with mixed sentiments. Some instructors and teachers see them as a distraction and regularly ban their usage. Others who see their potential to enhance learning have started to explore ways to integrate them into their teaching in an attempt to improve student engagement. In this paper we report on a pilot study that forms part of a university-wide project reconceptualising its approach to the student evaluation of learning and teaching. In a progressive decision to embrace mobile technology, the university decided to trial a smart phone app designed for students to check-in to class and leave feedback on the spot. Our preliminary findings from trialling the app indicate that the application establishes a more immediate feedback loop between students and teachers. However, the app’s impact depends on how feedback is shared with students and how the teaching team responds.
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