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Using classroom communication systems to support interaction and discussion in large class settings

Boyle, James and Nicol, David (2003) Using classroom communication systems to support interaction and discussion in large class settings. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 11 (3). pp. 43-57. ISSN 0968-7769

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    Abstract

    Teaching methods that promote interaction and discussion are known to benefit learning. However, large class sizes make it difficult to implement these methods. Research from the United States has shown that an electronic classroom communication system (CCS) can be used to support active discussion in large lecture classes. This investigation extends that research and it evaluates students’ and teachers’ experiences of CCS technology in the context of two different modes of discussion — peer‐group and class‐wide discussion. With CCS technology, students’ answers to multiple‐choice concept tests are collated in real time with the class results fed back as a histogram. This information serves as the trigger for each mode of discussion. This paper explores the unique contribution of CCS technology, the relative strengths of peer‐ and class‐wide discussion and some practical implementation issues.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
    Divisions: ALT-J Journal
    Depositing User: Justin Smith
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2009 11:39
    Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 10:09
    URI: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/id/eprint/413

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