Promoting active learning in large classrooms: Going beyond the clicker

Claudio Álvarez, Nelson Baloian*, Gustavo Zurita, Fabio Guarini

*Corresponding author for this work

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Teaching and learning in most current university lectures has remained unchanged for centuries and nowadays, large lecture classes are a fact at universities. Technologies such as Classroom Response Systems have been designed to ease the adoption of new pedagogical practice in these contexts; however, these pose technological, economic and pedagogical limitations to teachers, students and institutions. In this paper, we present a feasibility study of a system that allows students to take snapshots of paper-based, handwritten solutions to a given task with their devices, and then converts this input to vector graphics that are automatically hosted in a cloud-based storage service, such as Google Drive. The teacher can then discuss students’ solutions and provide elaborate formative feedback in class. We report on the findings of a feasibility study with engineering students in Chile, which validate the practicality of the approach. After this validation we plan to integrate optical character recognition capabilities in the system, in order to support programming and physics education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaboration and Technology - 23rd International Conference, CRIWG 2017, Proceedings
EditorsJulita Vassileva, Sergio F. Ochoa, Tomoo Inoue, Carl Gutwin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319638737
StatePublished - 2017
Event23rd International Conference on Collaboration Technologies, CRIWG 2017 - Saskatoon, Canada
Duration: 9 Aug 201711 Aug 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10391 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference23rd International Conference on Collaboration Technologies, CRIWG 2017

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  • Active learning
  • BYOD
  • Classroom response system (CRS)


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