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Third level student engagement in the classroom can be difficult for a number of reasons. Putting the content aside, factors include the duration of the class, size of the class, and time of day. Introducing classroom activities can be seen to improve student engagement and to reinforce key components. Teaching a technical discipline possess additional challenges in that the requirement to use technology in the classroom may not be feasible due to available building services. However, many students now possess mobile technology which allows them to participate in simple short classroom quizzes. The classroom quiz provides an opportunity to open discussions regarding question specifics. In addition to this it can be shown that improving participation in the classroom can improve motivation and performance in a subject overall. This paper will assess the performance of students studying a networking module whilst undertaking year 3 of an honours degree in computing.
Keegan, B. and Schoen-Phelan, B. (2016) Improving Classroom Engagement using Enhanced Teaching Methods. Internaltion Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE) Volume 7, Issue 2, 2016. doi:10.20533/ijcdse.2042.6364.2016.0373