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The Use of Media and Technology in the Classroom

This chapter is a guide to the most popular forms of technological innovation in higher education teaching, with a particular focus on economics. We shall point out where the technologies' features align with students' preferences. We shall also point out possible issues, pitfalls and problems.

In Section 2 we discuss the use of lecture recording. In Section 3 we discuss the use of media files (for example visuals, audio files, video clips, online media) embedded in classes. In Section 4 we describe the use of personal response systems (sometimes called clickers) that allow students to answer multiple choice questions interactively and anonymously during lectures. In Section 5 we describe the use of mathematical software to produce dynamic images and to create adaptive online assessment. Finally, in Section 6 we consider the use of social media to communicate and interact with students.