Title

Using SMS as a way of providing connection and community for first year students

Document Type

Conference publication

Publication details

Horstmanshof, L 2004, 'Using SMS as a way of providing connection and community for first year students', in R Atkinson, C McBeath, D Jonas-Dwyer & R Phillips (eds), Beyond the comfort zone: Proceedings of the 21st ASCILITE Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, 5-8 December, ASCILITE.

Published version available from: http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/perth04/procs/contents.html

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Technology provides one means of meeting the challenge of providing for frequent and meaningful interaction amongst students and staff which underpins students’ feelings of being valued, leading to deeper and more meaningful engagement university studies (Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991). The challenge lies in providing for interaction in an environment where students and casual academic staff are spending less time on campus as a result of busy and complex lives. This paper relates the experiences of one lecturer/tutor using texting to stay in contact with her students and how this contact has supported and encouraged students to persist. It also discusses some of the implications for using mobile telephony to provide connection and community for first year students in higher education.