Improving the quality of student experience in large lectures using quick polls

Authors: Angelito Calma, Beverley Webster, Stefan Petry and Jenny Pesina; University of Melbourne

Summary:  A quick polling initiative was tested in finance classes using multiple choice questions to determine whether it can improve student interaction and engagement in a large class. Students (n = 446) responded using either a smartphone app (53%) or by using pen and paper (47%). Immediate feedback was provided to students using charts that were generated from the responses of those who used the app. The sample included 41% males, 59% females, 76% undergraduates and 24% graduate students. Student perceptions of the usefulness of quick polling in relation to their engagement in and preparation for the classes and their understanding of the subject content were evaluated using a questionnaire. Results indicate that females perceived they were more prepared for and engaged in class than males. Graduate students felt they were more engaged in classes, prepared for classes, and that their understanding of the subject improved than undergraduate students. There were limited differences between those who used the app and those who used pen and paper.

Keywords: student engagement, audience response system, personal response system, large class, mobile learning, quick poll

 

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