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Engaging students through electronic voting – clickers and mobile phone systems

Engaging students through electronic voting – clickers and mobile phone systems

Withey, Carol ORCID: 0009-0001-6415-336X (2011) Engaging students through electronic voting – clickers and mobile phone systems. In: Higher Education Academy - Learning in Law Annual Conference - Experiencing Legal Education, 28th-29th January 2011, University of Warwick.

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Electronic voting systems (EVS) allow students, via a clicker or mobile phone, to vote on polls that are embedded into a PowerPoint presentation. The results of a poll are displayed on the lecture screen so that students and lecturers can assess the results. There is an increasing amount of research into the pedagogical benefits of EVS as a learning tool. Included here is the work of Crouch and Mazur in the USA and Steve Draper and Jim Boyle in the UK. It has been shown that EVS increases student engagement in the classroom environment and enhances learning. EVS is becoming increasingly popular within the disciplines of science, information technology, and maths. Within the social sciences there is less use and within law only sporadic embracement of this exciting technology.
This paper identifies some of the most popular EVS systems and explains how they can be used when teaching law. A demonstration of the mobile phone technology will be given and this will include some audience participation. Results gained from research conducted with criminal law students will then be discussed. Students used both the popular ‘clicker’ system and their own mobile phones as voting devices. Feedback regarding each system will be discussed and the strengths and weaknesses of the two systems will be identified. This session will hopefully encourage participants to use EVS in their own teaching. For those familiar with EVS, most will be using the clicker system. The focus on mobile phone voting will therefore introduce an alternative format of electronic voting.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This presentation took place as Parallel session 3, 16.15-17.00, located in Panorama 1 *** [2] A copy of the Powerpoint presentation presented is available online at(
Uncontrolled Keywords: voting systems in lectures, clickers
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Law & Criminology Research Group
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