The Activeclass Project: Experiments in Encouraging Classroom Participation

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


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.


Classroom Setting Teaching Assistant Classroom Participation Mobile Wireless Technology Classroom Ecology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  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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