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Using a Simple, Free Voice-over-Internet Protocol Service to Add Interest to Lectures and Enhance Student Engagement

Beaton, S.J. and Forster, Peter (2013) Using a Simple, Free Voice-over-Internet Protocol Service to Add Interest to Lectures and Enhance Student Engagement. Psychology Teaching Review, 19 (1). pp. 28-32. ISSN 0965-948X

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Abstract

A large proportion of students in higher education report feeling bored during lectures, for example, Mann and Robinson (2009) put this figure at 60 per cent. This short article reviews our experiences using a simple, free Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, Skype, to enhance the interest and engagement of students by holding a synchronous, online discussion with a remotely-located expert in a field of great interest to those students. While a formal evaluation has not been conducted, technology and process options are described and indications that the students found the combination engaging are included. A formal evaluation in the future could reveal whether these observations are replicated.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: student engagement, higher education, lectures, presentation approach, performance approach, undergraduates, VoIP
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Peter Forster
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 12:37
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 11:48
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2737

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