This study was made possible by a teaching and learning grant from the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University.
Mobile Phone-Based Audience Response System and Student Engagement in Large-Group Teaching†
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
Copyright © 2012 The Economic Society of Australia
Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 428–439, December 2012
How to Cite
Jain, A. and Farley, A. (2012), Mobile Phone-Based Audience Response System and Student Engagement in Large-Group Teaching. Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 31: 428–439. doi: 10.1111/1759-3441.12002
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2013
- student engagement;
- activity theory;
- student perception;
- teacher perception
Engaging students in large classes is a challenge at the best of times. Teachers are increasingly seeking the help of new technology to keep the attention of their technologically savvy students. VotApedia, a free cell phone-based audience response system, is one such technology. This research aims to assess economics students' perceptions of use of VotApedia in helping to achieve deeper learning; to map importance of use of audience response technology for students in promoting engagement and to assess the promotion of a positive and active environment in lectures by use of VotApedia in an Australian University. Using the framework of activity theory, it argues that technologies such as VotApedia use positive feedback loops to facilitate improved student engagement and learning.