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Using interactive handsets in lectures
This is an interactive session at the
11:15am-12:30, Friday 10 May 2002, Kelvin conference centre.
Working Session 3 -- Who wants to be a millionaire? -- using interactive
handsets in lectures.
Dr Quintin Cutts, Computing Science / Dr Steve Draper, Psychology
This session is about the use of a handset technology in lecture theatres
designed to allow increased interactivity in lectures. The technology,
essentially similar to the "ask the audience" option in the TV show "Who wants
to be a millionaire?", allows the presenter to put up a multiple choice
question, and for everyone in the audience to register their answer privately,
with the aggregated results displayed to everyone. (With the combined
financial assistance from the V-P for Learning and Teaching and an
EPSRC-funded project, GRUMPS,
600 mobile lecture theatre handsets, with
associated receivers and software were purchased.)
In this session we will demonstrate the equipment, and we will introduce
- What we have found in the last 6 months of trial use, at all undergraduate
levels (1 to 4), in audience sizes from 20 to 300, and in a number of
contrasting disciplines (from philosophy to biology); including the
evaluations conducted on those trials. (There is an
interim report on this.)
- Our experience in the longest concerted use, which was in a first year
computer science module. This application was related to concerns about what
limits learning quality in that course, and done in parallel to other
investigations on this topic.
- Some theoretical ideas on how this technology might enhance
learning. (There is a
paper on this.)