Using SMS to increase interaction with students during lectures

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By Adrian Roellin

QuestionSMS is a Classroom Response System developed by NUS. It can be used to obtain real-time feedback from the students, be it in form of short informal polls or allowing students to ask questions anonymously. After a quick live demonstration, I will show how I use this tool to improve interaction with students during my lectures.

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Using SMS to increase interaction with students during lectures

  1. 1. Using SMS to increase interaction with students during lecturesWho? Adrian R¨llin oFrom? Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, NUSWhen? BuzzEd, 5th January 2012
  2. 2. questionSMSWhat is questionSMS?How does it work?How do I use it?Why do I use it?
  3. 3. questionSMS What is questionSMS? How does it work? How do I use it? Why do I use it? Some - Assistant Professorbackground - Class size from 80-200 - 3rd and 4th year students - Maths and Stats students are not very interactive
  4. 4. What is questionSMS?.
  5. 5. What is questionSMS?.In class, answers are anonymous.
  6. 6. What is questionSMS?.
  7. 7. What is questionSMS?.
  8. 8. How does it work?Let’s do it! - Free Text Question - Multiple Choice Poll
  9. 9. How do I use it?- One qSMS question “General questions” is always open with a standard code (via iPad)- Polls for quizes to test the students intuition- Polls for quizes to test the material at the end of a lecture- Polls to ask general questions about the lecture (e.g. “too fast”, “just right”, “too slow”)
  10. 10. Why do I use it?Some reasons - Increases interaction, more questions I use qSMS - Allows for immediate feedback (c.f. raising hands) - Changes style and pace from time to time - Very easy to use, may actually reduce the workload - It’s developed at NUS and my feedback does not end up in the dust bin
  11. 11. Why do I use it? Some points - Feedback is not representative!to think about - Depends on the class whether it’s fun to use - Needs a critical mass to work, otherwise it’s not really anonymous - The reception can be bad in some of the lecture theatres (e.g. LT21)
  12. 12. Thanks for listening!

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