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Using SMS in economics lectures

Head of student learning and senior teaching fellow Juliette Stephenson has been trialling the use of SMS texts in lectures on her module The Philosophy of Economics. During lectures, students texted questions to a PAYG phone linked via Bluetooth to the presentation PC. Texting was anonymous to encourage participation from all students and their phone numbers were stored or shared.

What is the purpose of Economics?

'To understand how money and markets work, and to be able to theorise and explain this information so it can be used to positively impact the economies of the world'

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These three questions were asked:

Do you think economics is a Science?
What is Science?
What is the purpose of Economics?

In dual display lecture theatres incoming text messages were displayed on one screen whilst questions or lecture resources could be displayed on the second.