#Learning: The use of back channel technology in multi-campus nursing education

Karen Yates, Melanie Birks, Cindy Woods, Marnie Hitchins

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Abstract

This paper reports on the results of a study into the use of microblogging technology (TodaysMeet) in large, multi-site lectures in a nursing program. The aim of this study was to investigate students' use of the technology and their perceptions of its value in stimulating engagement in a complex learning environment. The study demonstrated that students like the anonymity that the technology provided, allowing them to ask questions without fear of appearing less competent than their peers. Many of the respondents commented positively on the opportunity to engage with students and the lecturer at other campuses. While some students appreciated the opportunity to interact and have feedback from peers, others saw this as a negative aspect of the technology. This study suggests that, used appropriately, microblogging can be incorporated into large lectures to promote student participation and engagement and ultimately enhance the learning process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume35
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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