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Using mobile phones to increase classroom interaction ARTICLE

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Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


This study examines the possible benefits of using mobile phones to increase interaction and promote active learning in large classroom settings. First year undergraduate students studying Cellular Processes at the University of East London took part in a trial of a new text-based classroom interaction system and evaluated their experience by anonymous questionnaire. Learning gains were measured using pre- and post-tests and interaction with the lecturer was monitored in both Text and non-Text enabled lectures. Learning gains and classroom interactions were not increased by the introduction of the text-messaging system in this instance. However, the system was generally well received, with 71% of students reporting that they would like to see it used again. Those students in particular who were found to be more likely to fear initiating classroom interaction reported most satisfaction with the introduction of the in-class text system suggesting this mode of communication may enhance inclusivity and empower students to interact who normally would not.


Cobb, S., Heaney, R., Corcoran, O. & Henderson-Begg, S. (2010). Using mobile phones to increase classroom interaction. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 19(2), 147-157. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


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