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GoSoapBox in public health tertiary education: a student response system for improving learning experiences and outcomes


Carroll, J-A and Sankupellay, M and Newcomb, M and Rodgers, J and Cook, R, GoSoapBox in public health tertiary education: a student response system for improving learning experiences and outcomes, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34, (5) pp. 58-71. ISSN 1449-5554 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14742/ajet.3743


Most pedagogical literature has generated "how to" approaches regarding the use of student response systems (SRS). There are currently no systematic reviews on the effectiveness of SRS, for its capacity to enhance critical thinking, and achieve sustained learning outcomes. This paper addresses this current gap in knowledge. Our teaching team introduced GoSoapBox (an interactive online SRS) in an undergraduate sociology and public health subject, as a mechanism for discussing controversial topics, such as sexuality, gender, economics, religion, and politics, to allow students to interact with each other and to generate discussions and debates during lectures. Bandura’s Social Learning Theory (SLT) was applied to investigate the effectiveness of GoSoapBox for improving learning experiences. We produced a theoretical model via an iterative analytical process between SLT and our data. This model has implications for all academics considering the use of SRS to improve the learning experiences of their students.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:public health, student response systems, teaching, technology, undergraduate, gosoapbox, sociology, interactive, audience-response tools
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Rodgers, J (Dr Jess Rodgers)
ID Code:148878
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2022-02-17
Last Modified:2022-03-04
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