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Enhancing small group teaching and learning using online student response systems

STEM Annual Conference 2012: Proceedings - ISBN 978-1-907207-45-7

Student response systems have shown to be an effective tool in addressing some of the challenges of teaching and learning in large classrooms. Traditional student response systems are based on clickers—handheld devices used to transmit student responses to a receiver. In contrast the EduMECCA SRS captures student responses via smart phones and tablet PCs that can be connected to the internet. This paper is focused on the use of the EduMECCA SRS in small group teaching in Computer Science courses. A pilot study was conducted in the Applied Computing department of the University of Buckingham where the EduMECCA SRS was used in a number of courses of the BSc in Computing programme. Student feedback indicates that the SRS has had a positive effect on students’ learning experience even in small group teaching. However a number of practical issues have been identified as barriers to adoption of the SRS system within the School/University.

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