Designing for Change in Networked Learning Environments

Volume 2 of the series Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning pp 477-486

The Activeclass Project: Experiments in Encouraging Classroom Participation

  • Matt RattoAffiliated withCommunication, University of California
  • , R. Benjamin ShapiroAffiliated withLearning Sciences, Northwestern University
  • , Tan Minh TruongAffiliated with
  • , William G. GriswoldAffiliated withComputer Science & Eng., University of California

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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.