The practitioner's perspective

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Surveys have shown that over 90% of students felt that concepts were learnt more effectively when they had the opportunity to discuss and question.
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Promoting active learning


Use of mobile devices has been found to promote active and collaborative learning, as can be seen in the case studies in this and other sections. The key benefits recorded in this study have been:

Spontaneity. Opportunities are available to instantly test knowledge and understanding via electronic voting systems in class and quizzes transmitted via mobile phones.
Immediacy. The recording and transmitting of multimedia learning content from the field can create a personal learning journey or build resources for others.
Interactivity. Wireless connectivity or use of SMS messaging can enable peer-to-peer and learner-to-tutor communication as and when needed.
Self-evaluation. Discussion of work on location can occur from a handheld device via email or blogging.

An example

A case study, Active collaborative learningfrom the University of Strathclyde, illustrates how use of an electronic voting system in higher education has supported innovative pedagogical approaches, developing students' grasp of core concepts and enabling practitioners to assess their understanding. This case study is also available on video.