Educational Technology

November 18, 2013

Marshall University Professor’s texting research to be published

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

The Herald-Dispatch

Dr. Jeanne Widener, associate professor in the School of Nursing, said she chose to utilize text messaging in her medical-surgical nursing course because she believes the standard lecture is not keeping the attention of students in the classroom. “I’ve found that several students slept through all or part of the class, even though it was only 60 minutes of lecture beyond the announcements and discussion of assignments,” Widener said. “Informally, the students have stated they seem to feel the interaction (of texting) and immediate feedback does make them think more and several distant-site students have thanked me for using this approach because they can now participate in classroom activities.” Swartzwelder said she hopes her research generates awareness about the changing educational environment.

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