A Novel Smart Device Student Response System For Supporting High Quality Active Learning In The Engineering And Science Disciplines


McLoone, Seamus and Villing, Rudi and O'Keeffe, Simon (2015) A Novel Smart Device Student Response System For Supporting High Quality Active Learning In The Engineering And Science Disciplines. AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 7 (2). pp. 2071-20718. ISSN 2009-3160

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Abstract

This paper proposes and presents a unique smart device student response system (SDSRS) that allows for a more flexible input than existing classroom response systems, such as clickers. This, in turn, allows students to respond to the lecturer with higher quality and more relevant information and, thus, improves their active learning. This is of particular relevance in the science and engineering disciplines where methodology is as important, if not more so, than the final answer. The SDSRS allows the lecturer to quickly obtain this pertinent information in real-time within the classroom environment. The proposed system consists of three main elements, namely a student sketch application, a lecturer view-and-edit application and a central cloud-based service to co-ordinate the exchange of information between the two applications. The system was evaluated within two different engineering classrooms, with very positive feedback obtained from both the lecturers and students involved. Details of the evaluation process, and the feedback obtained, are presented within.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License. Funding for this project was provided by both the Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Department of Electronic Engineering at Maynooth University.
Keywords: Classroom Response Systems; Student Response Systems; Smart Device Based Response Systems;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Callan Institute
Item ID: 6334
Depositing User: Rudi Villing
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2015 15:42
Journal or Publication Title: AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Publisher: All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE)
Refereed: Yes
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