A Multi-Method Evaluation of the Implementation of a Student Response System


Student response systems (SRS) are keypad devices that allow students to provide responses to questions embedded within a lecture, which can then be used to provide real-time feedback. In the fall of 2005 a second stage pilot implementation of these devices was carried out at a Midwestern technological research University, with 417 students in large enrollment chemistry and calculus courses. The purpose of this study was to conduct an evaluation of this implementation. The research methodology included qualitative field observation and quantitative analysis of students' responses to surveys. The results indicated that: a) Overall, the devices had a strong positive impact on student ratings; b) All instructors used the devices actively, and encouraged collaboration; though they differed in quizzing and collaborative practices; c) Though all instructors' student ratings were high, there were significant differences that may have been mediated by these differences in practices.

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12th Americas Conference on Information Systems (2006: Aug. 4-6, Acapulco, Mexico)


Business and Information Technology

Second Department


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Collaborative practices; Field observations; Multi methods; Pilot implementation; Real-time feedback; Research methodologies; Research universities; Student-response system; Information systems; Students; Interactive computer systems

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Publication Date

01 Aug 2006

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