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MyWallMate: An Investigation into the Use of Mobile Technology in Enhancing Student Engagement

Dobbins, C and Denton, P (2017) MyWallMate: An Investigation into the Use of Mobile Technology in Enhancing Student Engagement. TechTrends. ISSN 1559-7075

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Student engagement is a multifaceted and widely debated topic throughout higher education. In studying this subject, it is important to acknowledge the enhancements in students’ learning that are associated with regular attendance and active participation within taught sessions. Engaging with large numbers of students in lectures remains problematic, although the use of technology has been shown to mitigate against this issue. This includes the use of mobile applications (“apps”) and bring your own device (BYOD) type approaches. The supporting technologies are now ubiquitous and offer lecturers innovative ways to engage with learners. The overall purpose of this research is to examine how mobile devices can be used to engage with the modern student. The paper reports on the results from an investigation where mobile technologies were used during large lecture-type sessions in tandem with the Textwall™ software. This online program is able to receive and present messages from students’ devices that the lecturer may then share. It can also be used to collect student votes on multiple-choice questions, facilitating dynamic formative assessments during class. A study has been undertaken around the MyWallMate mobile application. This program has been developed by Liverpool John Moores University to expedite the process of sending messages and votes to Textwall™. Results of this study indicated that students had a positive reaction to both Textwall™ and the MyWallMate application. They reported being more comfortable in expressing their opinions via the MyWallMate mobile application and felt that using mobile technology within their lectures enhanced their learning. It has been concluded that the use of mobile technologies and BYOD-type approaches are avenues worth further exploration in global higher education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11528-017-0188-y
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 11:18
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:46
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s11528-017-0188-y
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6086
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