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The Activeclass Project: Experiments in Encouraging Classroom Participation

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Designing for Change in Networked Learning Environments

Part of the book series: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning ((CULS,volume 2))

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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.

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Ratto, M., Shapiro, R.B., Truong, T.M., Griswold, W.G. (2003). The Activeclass Project: Experiments in Encouraging Classroom Participation. In: Wasson, B., Ludvigsen, S., Hoppe, U. (eds) Designing for Change in Networked Learning Environments. Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, vol 2. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-0195-2_57

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