Does smartphone-assisted student feedback impact teaching quality?
Thursday, March 29 1:45 PM-2:15 PM Location: Whitney
Abstract: In this study, student perceptions of teaching quality were measured by means of a smartphone application for providing teachers with feedback on their lesson. It was investigated whether the student feedback promoted teachers’ insight into where they could improve their lessons, their reflection on their lessons, the ways teachers worked on improvement, and whether it affected the quality of their teaching. Teachers in this study (N=60) were randomly assigned to the control or experimental group. The smartphone application was used several times by teachers to obtain student feedback. Teachers reported that they gained insight into their improvements. They did not seem to reflect significantly more on their lessons. Teachers reported various improvement-oriented actions in response to the student feedback. According to students, teachers first slightly improved their teaching quality. However, teaching quality later on dropped down to the initial level. Explanations for the findings are discussed and suggestions for future research are presented.