Today I am off to the University of Edinburgh to present at a TxtTools event on our use of text messaging for student communication, rapid feedback and voting. The event draws users from the public and private sectors so it looks to be a very interesting day! Agenda is here.
Update on 10th November 2011
The event was excellent and a lot of good practice presented. A number of tweets came from the event at these are archived here.
Last Friday I took part in the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS) Conference 2011 held at the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster. I was presenting on Using Mobile Technologies and Video Sharing to Engage Students in the final session on Innovation in Teaching and Learning. This turned out to be a very interactive session and I am grateful to the delegates for the many questions and comments received during and after the presentation.
My slides from the event are provided here as a PDF.
Today I’m off to the University of Ulster’s 9th elearning conference and will be contributing a poster about our work on Text Messaging for Student Communication and Voting. The poster has had a few outings before and is embedded at the bottom of this post.
If you have already seen the poster you might be more interested in our recent paper in Bioscience Education on the topic of Text Messaging for Student Communication and Voting. This provides a full descriptive account of our practice and some of the uses we have found for this ubiquitous technology.
The abstract of the paper follows and you can download the entire paper by clicking here or on the image below.
Today I was taking part in the University of Ulster’s Centre for Higher Education Practice Festival of Innovation Practice. I was presenting our work on text messaging with students and as part of the presentation asked delegates to vote (by text message) on the following statement:
Students should be encouraged to use their mobile phones in class for learning purposes
Possible responses were:
CHEPA – Strongly Agree
CHEPB – Agree
CHEPC – Disagree
CHEPD – Strongly Disagree
The responses (n = 13), as shown in the pie chart above, were predominantly in agreement with the statement though concern was voiced that the system could be open to abuse.
Students using mobiles in class both for voting and for asking questions of the lecturer (especially in large groups) has some attractive advantages though the approach should be carefully considered and tailored to the individual circumstance.
I would be interested to hear the views of colleagues who have employed text messaging in education. When does it work best? When not?
Many thanks to all who contributed votes and / or comments today!
Today I will be at the University of Ulster’s Centre for Higher Education Practice (CHEP) inaugural “Festival of Innovative Practice”. The event website states the following:
“The purpose of this event is to showcase and celebrate the wide range of innovative work undertaken by both funded CHEP projects and also through the key CHEP sub-committees during 2009-10. In addition, and importantly, it aims to allow all participants to share and learn from each other’s practice.
The day will involve a keynote presentation by the Centre’s Visiting Professor David Boud and the opportunity to hear snapshots of the projects and visit their posters and stands in an interactive exhibition hall.
Topics range from:
* Technology-enhanced learning.
* Creative approaches to working with students.
* Curricula developments e.g. problem-based learning, work-based learning, PDP, student induction
* Pedagogic research e.g. student attendance”
I will be presenting our work on the use of text messaging as both a communication and voting tool for relatively large year one modules under the “Technology-enhanced learning” theme. The programme for the day is here.
As time permits I will also post a few tweets using the #CHEP10 hashtag.
Last week I was eavesdropping via Twitter on the #ESTICT (Engaging Students Through In Class Technology) event in Edinburgh on 29th April 2010.
I was impressed with the theme of the event which was electronic voting systems (EVS) particularly because of my own use of text message voting in a large year one lecture this academic year.
Though participating remotely I was able to be involved in some of the voting sessions using the ResponseWare App on my iPod Touch. The process worked extremely smoothly and underlined for me how such technologies could enhance participation and engagement when learners are geographically disparate and unable to vote using the traditional “in class” handset approach.
As learning becomes much more mobile so too must our assessment strategies and strategies for student engagement and participation. This can be achieved through iPhone/IPod Touch Apps and SMS messaging. But how do these compare with the traditional handset in class approach?
It’s time to vote! Let me know your view by commenting below.