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Observations and Recommendations for Using Technology to Extend Interaction

Summary: Observations and Recommendations for
Using Technology to Extend Interaction
Allan Knight and Kevin Almeroth Rich Mayer Dorothy Chun
Department of Computer Science Department of Psychology Department of Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies
University of California University of California University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 Santa Barbara, CA 93106 Santa Barbara, CA 93106
{aknight, almeroth}@cs.ucsb.edu mayer@psych.ucsb.edu chun@gss.ucsb.edu
Abstract: Technology-facilitated collaboration is extending the ways in which students and
instructors interact within and beyond the classroom. Our paper describes how we effectively used
Personal Response Systems (PRS), lecture slides, video archives, instant messaging, and course
management software to extend interaction in a junior-level Computer Science course. Besides this
description, we provide our observations and recommendations to help others who wish to use
similar technologies to extend interaction within their classrooms.
A great deal of research has focused on whether technology is truly effective in promoting student learning. The
initial findings of this research conclude that the use of some technologies is effective. Much of this research,
however, does not give recommendations for best practices. Nor does this research offer insight into how to
properly deploy technology in the classroom. Instead, this body of research tends to focus on the results of surveys
to measure student reaction to the introduction of technology into the classroom, rather than its impacts on their
learning. Yes, instructors continue to use a wide variety of technologies with the hope of enhancing the learning


Source: Almeroth, Kevin C. - Department of Computer Science, University of California at Santa Barbara


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences