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ERIC Number: EJ912079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Text Messaging for Student Communication and Voting
McClean, Stephen; Hagan, Paul; Morgan, Jason
Bioscience Education, v16 Article 4 Dec 2010
Text messaging has gained widespread popularity in higher education as a communication tool and as a means of engaging students in the learning process. In this study we report on the use of text messaging in a large, year-one introductory chemistry module where students were encouraged to send questions and queries to a dedicated text number both during lectures and at other times when support with module material was required. Questions were answered either verbally during the lecture itself, at a subsequent tutorial or via a reply back to the student's mobile phone. SMS texting was also used as a rapid system for communicating results of a class test following a peer assessment exercise. With knowledge only of the student's registration number a text message can be sent to a dedicated text number and then forwarded by mail filtering rules to the recipient student's mobile phone. Finally, text messaging was evaluated as an in-class voting system to conduct short multiple choice quizzes on material being covered in a bioanalytical chemistry lecture without the need for bespoke handsets or specialist software. Students commented favourably on the use of text messaging in these contexts. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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