This paper proposes and presents a unique smart device student response system
(SDSRS) that allows for a more flexible input than existing classroom response
systems, such as clickers. This, in turn, allows students to respond to the lecturer with
higher quality and more relevant information and, thus, improves their active learning.
This is of particular relevance in the science and engineering disciplines where
methodology is as important, if not more so, than the final answer. The SDSRS allows
the lecturer to quickly obtain this pertinent information in real-time within the classroom
The proposed system consists of three main elements, namely a student sketch
application, a lecturer view-and-edit application and a central cloud-based service to
co-ordinate the exchange of information between the two applications. The system was
evaluated within two different engineering classrooms, with very positive feedback
obtained from both the lecturers and students involved. De...