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ERIC Number: EJ1013596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Using a Simple, Free Voice-over-Internet Protocol Service to Add Interest to Lectures and Enhance Student Engagement
Beaton, Susan J.; Forster, Peter M.
Psychology Teaching Review, v19 n1 p31-35 Spr 2013
A large proportion of students in higher education report feeling bored during lectures, for example, Mann and Robinson (2009) put this figure at 60 per cent. This short article reviews our experiences of using a simple, free Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, Skype, to enhance the interest and engagement of students by holding a synchronous, online discussion with a remotely-located expert in a field of great interest to those students. While a formal evaluation has not been conducted, technology and process options are described and indications that the students found the combination engaging are included. A formal evaluation in the future could reveal whether these observations are replicated. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom
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