Student Response Systems as a successful tool for formative assessment: students’ perceptions in a university pilot study
Student Response Systems (SRS) are increasingly used in Universities and schools around the world. In Italy, they have only been in use for a few years, but are spreading rapidly thanks to the fact that they can be used as simple, free Apps on students’ smartphones. SRSs have had positive feedback from both students and teachers, especially in terms of enhanced engagement
and attention, peer interaction, and potential for formative assessment. The results of a pilot study in a university Educational Technology program have shown that students greatly appreciate SRSs. Above all, they would like to use SRSs as a “learning check”. In particular, they stated that they have a very positive perception of the feedback provided by the teacher, which help them gain a better understanding of the most important concepts of the topics covered. This interaction process helps the teacher to develop a formative assessment process that must, however, be managed
and prepared with care.
The authors who publish in this magazine accept the following conditions:
- The authors retain the rights to their work and give the magazine the right to first publish the work, simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License - Attribution which allows others to share the work indicating the intellectual authorship and the first publication in this magazine.
- Authors may adhere to other non-exclusive license agreements for the distribution of the version of the published work (eg deposit it in an institutional archive or publish it in a monograph), provided that the first publication took place in this magazine.
- Authors can disseminate their work online (eg in institutional repositories or on their website) before and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges and increase citations of the published work (See The Effect of Open Access).