Jones, M. & Marsden, G. (2004). "Please turn ON your mobile phone" - first impressions of text-messaging in lectures. (Working paper 07/2004). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science.
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Previous work by Draper and Brown investigated the use of specialized handsets in increate interactivity in lecture settings. Inspired by their encouraging findings we have been exploring the use of conventional mobile phones and text-messaging to allow students to communicate with the lecturer as the class proceeds. In our pilot-study, students were able to respond to MCQs and send free-text comments and questions to the lecturer via SMS. Through observations and interviews with students and lecturers, we gained useful impressions of the value of such an approach. Students enjoyed the opportunity to be more actively involved but voiced concerns about costs.
University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science