The Activeclass Project: Experiments in Encouraging Classroom Participation

  • Matt Ratto
  • R. Benjamin Shapiro
  • Tan Minh Truong
  • William G. Griswold
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Part of the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning book series (CULS, volume 2)

Abstract

Participation in the classroom has dropped precipitously in recent years. We describe the use of ActiveClass, an application for encouraging in-class participation using personal wireless devices. This system was used in three sections of two different lower division courses in computer programming at UCSD. Using a notion of ecology to develop our method of analysis, these settings provide a rich source of insight into technology-mediated learning and student activity. We find that a broadening of classroom discourse is possible if attention is paid to both political and material forces present in the classroom.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matt Ratto
    • 1
  • R. Benjamin Shapiro
    • 2
  • Tan Minh Truong
    • 3
  • William G. Griswold
    • 4
  1. 1.Communication, University of CaliforniaSan DiegUSA
  2. 2.Learning SciencesNorthwestern UniversityUSA
  3. 3.EybensFrance
  4. 4.Computer Science & Eng.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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