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The Mobile Participation System: Not Just Another Clicker

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Best of Computers in Education Division

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Computers in Education

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22.1481.1 - 22.1481.10



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Marcial Lapp University of Michigan

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Marcial Lapp is a graduate student in the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. His research interests lie in modeling and solving large-scale optimization problems focused on the transportation and logistics industries. He holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

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Jeff Ringenberg University of Michigan

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Jeff Ringenberg is a Lecturer at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. His research interests include mobile learning software development, tactile programming, methods for bringing technology into the classroom, and studying the effects of social networking and collaboration on learning. He holds B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Kyle J. Summers University of Michigan

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Kyle Summers is a second-year undergraduate student studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research involves applying computer science and technology to education.

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Ari S. Chivukula MPS

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Ari Chivukula is an undergraduate majoring in Computer Science at the University of Michigan.

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Jeff Fleszar University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

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Lecture Engagement: The Mobile Participation System – Not Just Another ClickerAbstractStudent response systems (SRS), a subset of audience response systems (ARS), are becomingcommon in institutions of higher education as a means to encourage student engagement,especially in large lectures. Research has shown that such engagement increases the interest andsubsequent learning of the material by students. To manage this interaction logistically, studentsuse specialized, handheld electronic devices, similar to remote controls, to interact with theinstructor.The Mobile Participation System (MPS) is a response system that reinvents student-instructorinteraction. Through a web-based interface, a mobile-phone application or a short messageservice (SMS) gateway, students can respond to questions posed during lecture withcellular/mobile phone devices. The main advantages of the MPS system are: 1) it allowsinstructors to interact with students during lecture, 2) it allows students to use devices that theyalready own, and 3) it allows students to respond to not just multiple-choice, but also open-endedquestions.The goal of MPS is to both serve as an effective SRS, while also providing a means to analyzeSRS use in higher education. The first phase of development studies student perception on theuse of the MPS in the classroom. This data is presented in our paper, in addition to the structureof the Mobile Participation System. The paper also includes a data analysis on MPSeffectiveness, as well as several case study applications.

Lapp, M., & Ringenberg, J., & Summers, K. J., & Chivukula, A. S., & Fleszar, J. (2011, June), The Mobile Participation System: Not Just Another Clicker Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18437

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