Using the power of research to inform ICT integration in education

Honglu Du, Mary Beth Rosson, John M. Carroll (2012) Augmenting Classroom Participation through Public Digital Backchannels, College of Information Sciences & Technology, University Park, PA, USA

As part of this research thread, we have been investigating the potential of public digital backchannels for building feelings of community among students in university courses. We designed, deployed and evaluated such a tool in a 15-week field study of two undergraduate classes. We found students found using public backchannel during the class is of little distraction, that teachers’ attention to the content posted on the channel influence students’ tendency to use tools of this kind. These feelings in turn are related to students’ perceptions of self efficacy, collective efficacy and course-specific social support.

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