Have a question? Just ask it: using an anonymous mobile discussion platform for student engagement and peer interaction to support large group teaching

Tan, Elaine, Small, Adrian and Lewis, Paul (2020) Have a question? Just ask it: using an anonymous mobile discussion platform for student engagement and peer interaction to support large group teaching. Research in Learning Technology, 28 (2323).

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Abstract

This article analyses the pilot of an anonymous question and answer mobile appli-cation with a large cohort of undergraduate students (460) enrolled on an Opera-tions Strategy Management module. The mobile application allowed students to pose anonymous questions to both peers and staff, create replies and vote on ques-tions posted by other users. The aim of the pilot was to evaluate how this applica-tion could be used to enhance communication, engagement and student learning both inside and outside of class time to overcome some of the challenges presented by large cohort teaching. An initial evaluation was undertaken exploring both the analytics attached to the platform and a thematic analysis of the posts. The initial findings of the pilot were positive, with the majority of students installing and reg-ularly accessing the application with use increasing over time. The questions posed demonstrated engagement beyond surface-level memorisation of module content, and there were indications that the application could be beneficial in supporting student community awareness and interaction within large cohorts.

Item Type: Article
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 08:32
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 08:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43952

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