Using web-enabled mobile phones for audience participation in database lectures

Craig McCreath, Petra Leimich

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the possible benefits of integrating audience response systems through mobile devices. Typically, existing clicker systems use proprietary radio remotes to send votes to a computer and display this information on screen. While proven to be a useful tool in lectures, adoption has been limited due to their up-front costs. Using mobile devices as a replacement is discussed as an alternative method by making it less intrusive and rootless. A prototype system was implemented to test these assumptions and was evaluated in a typical lecture with undergraduate students studying ‘Database Fundamentals’. The students chose between this system and a typical clicker system and were asked to answer identical quizzes. While their feedback shows little benefit of the prototype over traditional systems, the mobile system offers tangible benefits to the lecturer in speeding up preparation of quizzes and setup time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the HEA Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases (TLAD 11)
Place of PublicationNewtownabbey
PublisherThe Higher Education Academy
Pages37-43
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780956522054
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event9th International workshop on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases - Manchester University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Jul 2011 → …

Workshop

Workshop9th International workshop on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases
Abbreviated titleTLAD 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period11/07/11 → …

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    McCreath, C., & Leimich, P. (2011). Using web-enabled mobile phones for audience participation in database lectures. In Proceedings of the HEA Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases (TLAD 11) (pp. 37-43). The Higher Education Academy.