Throwing Questions to Students in a Large Class: How Throwable Wireless Microphone Enhances Classroom Interaction
City University of Hong Kong
In a traditional classroom setting, the passing of a regular microphone may discourage students to voice out and participate as moments of silence are often created. Throwable wireless microphone is an emerging technology to promote classroom interaction, participation and discussion in a large class setting at higher education level. Although the principles of adopting the throwable wireless microphone technology are well established, there is a lack of empirical evidence on the actual impact on participants.
A total of 187 graduate students from a research oriented university in Hong Kong participated in the experiment. In this study, we examined students’ learning experience and their perceptions regarding participation and interaction when adopted the technology in a large class setting at higher education level. The findings of this study suggested that the use of throwable wireless microphone technology indeed enhanced learning experience and classroom interaction in a large class environment. However, these positive impacts were not evenly effecting all participants.