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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Feb 10;76(1):6. doi: 10.5688/ajpe7616.

Concurrent use of an audience response system at a multi-campus college of pharmacy.

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  • 1Nova Southeastern University, 3200 S. University Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328, USA. clauson@nova.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the impact of an audience response system (ARS) on student engagement at a multi-campus college of pharmacy.

METHODS:

An online questionnaire was designed and administered to measure the impact of an ARS on student engagement, distance education, projected use, and satisfaction among pharmacy students for a course delivered across 3 sites via synchronous video transmission.

RESULTS:

Students reported that use of the ARS made it easier to participate (85.3%) and helped them to focus (75.7%) in classes when the lecturer was physically at a different site. They also valued that the ARS allowed them to respond anonymously (93.2%). A minority of students indicated that use of the ARS was distracting (11.8%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Implementation of an ARS was associated with positive student perceptions of engagement and may improve feelings of connectedness among students at schools with multiple sites. Use of ARSs could also represent a cognitive intercession strategy to help reduce communication apprehension.

KEYWORDS:

audience response system; clicker; distance education; student engagement

PMID:
22412205
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PMCID:
PMC3298404
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