Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, First International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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The Use of Mobility and Social Media to Improve Student Involvement
Stephen Baldridge, Amanda Roberts, Alexandra Reed, Amanda Ellard

Last modified: 10-06-2015


The present study examined the effects of integration of mobile technologies and social media through the lens of remote teaching on quality and quantity of student interactions. Classroom interactions were observed over two academic semesters with a separate group of students each semester. The sampling frame included college students enrolled in a social sciences introductory course. Students comprised two separate groups, based on the course they attended. Group 1 included the students in the fall semester of the course. Group 2 included the students in the spring semester of the course.

A paired samples t test was completed for the total sample (Groups 1 and 2) frequency of comments. This showed no significant difference between the frequency of in class (M=3.71, SD=4.418) and online (M=5.31, SD=2.309) student comments (p = .055). A paired samples t test was also completed for the total sample (Groups 1 and 2) quality of comments. This showed a statistically significant difference between the quality of in class (M=1.78, SD=1.037) and online (M=2.36, SD=0.519) student comments (p < .05).


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