The Teaching-Learning Process in the Classroom Using Smartphones: Challenges and Opportunities

By Alberto Palomares Chust, David de Andres Martinez, Antonio Pena Cerdan, Juan Carlos Ruiz García, Jose-Vicente Ballester Server, Eva Antonio Daviu, Carlos Villavieja Llorente and Francisco Javier Esteban Andres.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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The TASCA (Tools and Strategies for Competencies Assessment) group of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) is working towards integrating currently existing technological resources into the teaching-learning process, more specifically, into the immediate evaluation feedback in the classroom. There exist commercially available systems known as Audience Response Systems (ARS) that can be used with this purpose by maintaining interactivity between presenter and audience. However the most practical solution, financially speaking, would be to use connectivity devices that students themselves already own and usually have with them in the classroom (smartphones, tablets, and netbooks, among others), and taking advantage of the university's existing infrastructure providing secure and free internet connectivity. The goal of the group's current project is the development and utilization of a computer support that would make it possible for students to respond via their mobile devices to surveys or multiple-choice questions the professor presents in on-campus classes. The proposed approach benefits from the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, which refers to employees using their own mobile devices to access company resources. The BYOD phenomenon is currently infiltrating various sectors of society and, not surprisingly, education is one of them.

Keywords: Competencies Assessment, Feedback, Classroom, BYOD, ARS

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.151-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1005.330KB).

Dr Alberto Palomares Chust

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Alberto Palomares is Assist. Prof. (Tenure Track) at "Escuela Politécnica Superior de Gandia" (EPSG) of the “Universidad Politècnica de València” (UPV). Research activities focus on the area of intelligent systems, at the "Grupo de Tecnologías Informáticas-Inteligencia Artificial (GTI-IA) of the UPV. Author of over 50 research papers in journals and conference proceedings, 10 of them published in high JCR impact journals. Coordinator of the Educational Innovation and Quality Team (EICE) “Tools and Strategies for Competencies Assessment” (TASCA). Coordinator of the Educational Innovation and Improvement Project (PIME) “Design Tools for formative assessment in the classroom by obtaining answers and immediate feedback (A18/11)”. Author of different free and open access multimedia content to support teaching, including 25 "Learning Objects" (Polimedias) and 2 complete courses “Open Course Ware” (OCW).

David de Andres Martinez

Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering Department (DISCA)., Institute for the Applications of Advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ITACA)., Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Valencia, Spain

David de Andrés Martínez: David de Andrés received the M.S. degree in Computer Science and the Ph.D. degree in computer architecture and technology by the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) in 1998 and 2007, respectively. In 1998 he joined the Fault-Tolerant Systems research Group (GSTF), belonging to the Institute for the Applications of Advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ITACA), where his research focuses on dependability benchmarking and reconfigurable computing. In 2003 he joined the Computer Engineering Department (DISCA) as an assistant professor, teaching digital systems, semicustom design of circuits, and mobile devices programming. In 2011 David received the University Pedagogy Specialist degree of the UPV, and joined the TASCA (Tools And Strategies for Competencies Assessment) innovation and quality teaching group.

Prof Antonio Pena Cerdan

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Juan Carlos Ruiz García

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Jose-Vicente Ballester Server

Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Eva Antonio Daviu

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Carlos Villavieja Llorente

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Francisco Javier Esteban Andres

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain