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UK handset users and sites
as part of the Interactive Lectures website)
This page lists some sites and people I know of in the UK mainly in Higher
Education who are interested in classroom handsets, PRS, or similar
approaches to interactive teaching. If you would like to be added or
removed, or if you can suggest someone else who should be listed here, please
email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and I will act promptly on your request.
People have found it very useful to discover who is already interested in EVS
or PRS near them, and conversely to advertise here their interest to others in
their institution or city.
(To see why we are interested in this
technique, and other information about why you might be interested, look at the parent page to this one.)
I suggest that if you are looking for a person or place, that you use your
browser's "Find" command to search this page for (part of) the name you
are interested in.
This page is organised firstly by (university) site with just a few key
people mentioned: it would not be practical to mention them all.
The order is idiosyncratic: expect to search using the Find command, not by
scanning by eye. This page just contains people I happen to know about: it is
not likely to be complete. Again, if you would like to be added or
removed, or if you can suggest someone else who should be listed here, please
email me (email@example.com).
Also, any pointers to papers and web documents on this would be gratefully
(PRS is used widely in some places outside the UK, including
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
UMass/Amherst, Rutgers, University of British Columbia, North Dakota,
and UC Berkeley. See also
mainly USA sites using PRS.)
Prof. Jim Boyle, in Mechanical Engineering, may be the longest standing
practitioner in the UK, starting with non-technologically supported "peer
instruction" in 1997, then using an earlier equipment system (Classtalk), and
then being the first UK purchaser of PRS in 1998. He has by now modified not
just his teaching practice but the timetable and the architecture of his
teaching rooms, and been involved in
project NATALIE. A number of papers based on evaluations by
are becoming available. The longest standing use is in the first year class
in Mechanical Engineering, but there is some other use of the equipment at
Strathclyde now, e.g. in maths
in psychology, in teaching foreign languages,
University of Glasgow
We have tried out the use of handsets since October 2001 in a variety of
departments including Philosophy, Psychology, Computing Science, Biological
sciences, Medicine, Vet School and the Dental School (with GPs), with
audience sizes from 20 to 300, and with students in level 1 to level 4.
See our interim report on this.
See also the various papers published, listed on
the main web page.
Three contacts are
Steve Draper (Psychology),
(Computing Science), and
Susan Stuart in Philosophy.
Besides a central pool of mobile EVS equipment, available for any department
or teacher to use, Physics have bought their own set of kit for first year
lectures, Statistics have about 150 for their use, and Steve Brindley has a
set for sessions aimed at those outside the university. Modern Languages use
a set of 50 in smallish language teaching groups regularly; and a larger set
for level 1 and 2 classes.
in Education is acquiring 300 partly for external use.
Glasgow Caledonian University
A large set (many hundreds) of PRS-RF handsets have been bought and used in
the business school
for first year students.
For more information contact Gillian Roberts or Andy Sharp.
University of Central England (in Birmingham)
Bill Madill (Bill.Madill@uce.ac.uk) of the School of Property and
Construction wrote an MEd thesis on Peer Instruction.
He has a case study of using PRS available on the web:
University of Wales, college of medicine (Cardiff)
They bought a (non-PRS) system and used it for a while from 1997, but it may
have fallen into disuse: see
this paper by Joe Nicholls.
in Physics and Astronomy is buying a set for school liaison as
well as for students.
University of Portsmouth
(firstname.lastname@example.org) was awarded a
3-year HEFCE National Teaching Fellowship for Project LOLA (Live and
On-Line Assessment -- the proposal is
available). The live part of the assessment relates to the use of
interactive classrooms in face-to-face teaching, which includes PRS handsets
as one approach. Other papers are listed on the main page.
An unconfirmed report says the
also bought PRS equipment.
ExPERT centre has bought about 80 IML handsets. For more
University of Lancaster
Caroline Elliott (Economics dept.) has done
work on using handsets in 2000/1.
The dept. of Accounting and Finance also uses them regularly
There is a set of about 150 handsets: contact
University of Southampton
and Hugh Davis
and others in Electronics and Computer Science have acquired some equipment
and begun exploring its use in teaching from 2002.
in Maths has begun using PRS, and has
an early report and pedagogic rationale for PRS use.
Chemistry and Psychology have each purchased sets of 130+ TurningPoint RF
handsets, and the university a further 240
for wider experimentation.
Read is using them in schools outreach.
University of Nottingham
in Genetics is a big fan, and uses them extensively.
Science Museum (London)
Deborah Scopes (email@example.com) has been exploring the use of handsets
as an enhancement to public debates and lectures on science.
University of Bath
Nick Vaughan (Mechanical
Engineering) may have used handsets (perhaps the CPS system).
He supervised an undergraduate project that did a study on potential use,
comparing PRS, Classtalk, and CPS:
J.Smith (2001) Dialogue and interaction in a classroom environment
(Final year research project, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of
University of Ulster
Edwin Curran says PRS was installed ready for Sept 2003 in a 170 seat lecture
theatre in Engineering, plus a portable system.
University of Liverpool
Both CPS and PRS used there. Doug Moffat (Mechanical Engineering).
Liverpool John Moores University
Laura Bishop (Palaeoantropologist) and Clare Milsom (Geologist)
are considering introducing EVS use there.
University of Salford
PRS used there.
Elizabeth Laws, Engineering.
and others at the Kingston University (Kingston Upon Thames)
introduced PRS in 2003-4 and use it for first year classes of about 250
students, where small groups are required to discuss and agree answers to the
They now (Sept. 2005) have and use a set of 60 handsets of the PPVote system.
University of Edinburgh
Physics and Biology have embarked on
serious PRS use in first year classes:
is the person to talk to
and also see this site
for other educational initiatives there.
This followed preparatory work by
who wrote a short article on this.
A set of
PRS kit for loan to lecturers,
now more than 500 handsets, has been purchased by the
Media and Learning Technology Service.
Mark Findlay or Nora Mogey .
University of Central Lancashire at Preston
is leading the introduction of EVS (using IML not PRS kit) there,
with a first application in Sports Psychology.
University of Wolverhampton
Apparently use PRS to teach computing.
University College London
(Education and Professional Development; firstname.lastname@example.org;
020 7679 1905)
has produced a report on whether using handsets might be worthwhile at UCL.
University of Surrey
Vicki Simpson and Paul Burt (E-learning unit)
( or try
have been advising on adoption of the handsets. They had an Interactive
Presenter system with 250 handsets that they used to pilot for the delivery of
lectures in the School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. They have now
bought 1,000 RF handsets using TurningPoint.
University of Keele
Bostock in the Staff Development Centre got interested in using PRS,
meantime introduced the use of coloured cubes as a substitute, but now has
radio-connected voting handsets working with interactive whiteboards, around
University of Northumbria
is currently co-ordinating staff development in the use of the system before
undertaking further evaluation of its use within the university.
Paul Barlow (email@example.com) in the School of Humanities is considering
applying EVS in the Arts area.
University of Leeds
Leeds now has over 100 handsets and
a simple introductory website for EVS.
University of Aberdeen
Phil Marston of the
learning technology unit has
bought a small set, and is evaluating them.
(or if you have already registered, then
Robert Gordon University (in Aberdeen)
in the school of computing started to use them in various classes
from October 2004, and there are more than 300 handsets now. Contact
The faculty of health and social care has also taken up
Kings College London
Ann Wilkinson is looking into EVS use. Professor Simon Howell in
Biomedical Sciences is believed to have used an EVS.
(firstname.lastname@example.org) is installing a 120 set PRS system in a lecture
theatre in November 2004 and plans to start trials with enthusiastic
Dickinson has been investigating possible use, particularly of
the Discourse equipment,
and has written a report. She also has a project on it:
"Investigation of the potential use of a classroom communication system in the Higher Education context"
Lewisham College, London
Raja Habib and Raul Saraiva are looking into using PRS on behalf of their
Brooklands College, Weybridge, Surrey
National University of Ireland, Galway
has started (October 2004) using PRS for teaching Marketing Principles to a
class of over 300.
Army Foundation College in Harrogate
Lesley Harburn (email@example.com)
is using Promethean portable pods as EVS in teaching
16 year-old Junior Soldiers as part of an Apprenticeship in IT at the
Army Foundation College in Harrogate.
in Sports Science is a current big user (with PRS-RF kit).
in the Learning Design Studio is interested.
is looking into purchasing a set of CPS (eInstruction); perhaps
for use in the business school and applied social sciences.
University of Hertfordshire
is leading an attempt likely to happen, buying EVS for audiences
of 250; at the moment likely to go for E-instruction.
is going to purchase some kit, and get it used.
University of East Anglia
Believed to have bought some kit for the medical school. Contact
University of Bristol
Have got the loan of 400 RF handsets. Contact
University of Durham
Have 50-100 handsets for Maths. Contact
Also interest from Stuart Jones, Geology dept.
St. George's, University of London
Have 50-100 handsets (medical students). Contact
Queen's University Belfast
Have 500 TurningPoint handsets. See here for
the project. Contact David Robinson, or
Prof. Brian Whalley,
Geomorphology, for the original push.
University of Newcastle
Have 100 TurningPoint handsets as part of
Contact Az Mohammed (Az.Mohammed AT newcastle.ac.uk).
Has a set of RF KEEpad handsets plus TurningPoint software for use with first
year biology students from Oct. 2007.
Contact Jo Badge.
Another set at the university has been used for school outreach.
Gordon Campbell, professor of Renaissance Studies, uses them.
Has now got 300 handsets plus TurningPoint software. These are held
centrally by media services and booked out. Currently most used in teaching
maths to engineers by the Math Education Centre (contact
Since about Easter 2008, they have 1000 RF handsets using TurningPoint
Key contact: Sian Cox.
Gan Niyadurupola (d.g.niyadurupola AT reading.ac.uk)
has used them successfully in chemistry.
Rebecca Ross is in the process of purchasing.
Have made enquiries
Mike Watkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chemistry, Queen Mary, University of
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