Reports on the Uses of Cellular Phones in Large Class Settings for Effective Instruction
Friday, October 19 2:00-2:30 PM Location: Room 202
Presider: Maria Sagrario Simbulan, Professor, University of the Philippines, Philippines
Abstract: This research presents the results of studies on the utilization of cellular phones to improve academic instruction in a large class setting. The studies have indicated that it is not satisfactory to simply install a “question box” and to carry out “in-class surveys.” What is important is the instructors’ resourcefulness both in the way of presenting lecture content and in carrying out class activities. We also have developed a new electronic system that enables students to download PowerPoint files directly into their cellular phones. We anticipate that it will contribute to the increase of bi-directional communication between instructor and students. In the spring term of 2007, we explored the possibility of using cellular phones as tools for evaluating the educational effectiveness, in four different subject classes. In all four classes, the collection rate of “class evaluation” was high enough to prove that the cellular phones can be a powerful tool for achieving effective instruction.