Expanding Students’ Participation on the Use of Cellular Phones in Large Class Settings:
Abstract: The purposes of the current paper are not only to report on the results of a series of studies on using cellular phones in large class settings to expand an efficient use of cellular phones, but also to propose another way to deploy them as a means of activating and supporting students’ participation. The results of the previous experimental studies indicated that it was not satisfactory to simply install the Question Box and to carry out In-class Surveys at random. We have confirmed that what is important is to be resourceful both in the ways of presenting lecture content and in carrying out class activities. In the 2006 Methodology class we have introduced a system which enables students to download the PowerPoint file used in class into their cellular phones. Even though the validity of the system has not been fully confirmed yet due to a limited number of students who used the system, we can anticipate it will serve to increase bi-directional communication between the instructor and students.
Presider: Haruhisa Yamaguchi, Kyusyu Sangyo University