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Project Report: To What Extent Do Personal Response Systems Benefit Learning and Teaching Within a Higher Education Environment?

Thornton, Pete (2011) Project Report: To What Extent Do Personal Response Systems Benefit Learning and Teaching Within a Higher Education Environment? Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (6). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2024-8032

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Abstract

Personal Response systems (PRS) sometimes referred to as audience response systems (ARS) or Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) are being increasingly adopted by educational establishments. It is thought that the idea was first made into prototype units in the United States of America during the 1960s (Banks, 2006), but it has taken many years for the PRS to be manufactured and constructed into a more user friendly system. PRS allow students to interact and respond via handheld keypads that use either radio frequency or infa-red technology to communicate with a computer that can immediately analyse the data. Tutors can instantly collect responses to questions of varying levels of difficulty or complexity. The answers can then be immediately displayed on the computer projection screen at the front of the class for the benefit of both student and tutor in order to monitor and/or record progress. The university has recently purchased a small number of PRS kits and is looking to purchase more in the near future. Each kit (manufactured by Turning Point) is in the form of a mobile carry case, which consists of a number of remote handsets (often referred to as clickers), a USB receiver that attaches to the computer and the appropriate software, which effectively is a “plug in” to the standard Microsoft PowerPoint package (in most instances). These systems have been chosen as they are highly portable and advertised as being easy to use and maintain. The systems have the option of anonymous data collection or can be set up so that student handsets can be recorded against individual students for summative exams and assignments.

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the Academic Development and Practice Unit at the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal Response Systems, PRS, Higher Education, data collection
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Information and Learning Services
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2011 15:43
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 06:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1512

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