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How Mobile Learning Can Support Global Student Engagement

An advanced version of a web-based instant response system, CloudClassRoom (CCR), which incorporates gaming features (competitive and mentally stimulating) entitled GEARS (Gamified Electronic Audience Response System), has been developed by Dr. Chun-Yen Chang’s research team. CCR-GEARS is written in HTML 5.0 and works on every Internet-capable device without software or plug-in installation. CCR enables teachers and students to participate in question-answering activities by using their own mobile devices, such as laptops, smartphones, or tablets. By this means, every student in the classroom can express their thoughts instantly as well as anonymously. CCR provides the teacher with a rough picture of student learning progress in real-time. Leveraging the capacity of mobile devices, CCR supports text and multimedia responses. We recently added a gaming feature (GEARS) to CCR, which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first instance in the world of incorporating gamification into an Instant Response System. GEARS encompasses the following functions: 1) learners will gain points when providing a correct answer; 2) learners may use the earned points to exchange ‘weapons/props’ to answer the following questions; 3) the weapons/props enable the features of ‘time extension’, ‘option deletion’, ‘the whole-class answer patterns’ and ‘peek into someone else’s answer’; 4) a completion board is renewed after each question, and finally 5) winners are able to ‘make’ their public statements. There will be more gaming functions added, and research conducted about this new adventure. Findings suggest that CCR can stimulate students’ learning motivation and improve their achievement in science.

Foreign Students Celebrate Christmas at Magic Night of MTC

What’s so special about the magic night of MTC is that in addition to all kinds of performances, snacks, lucky draws, a reward card is given to all participants for them to collect points for MTC gifts. On the weekend before Christmas, Executive Director Chen Jenn Yeu led students caroling around the campus started from Bo Ai building. Vice President Frank Ying was attracted by their beautiful voice.

Taiwan Experience Education Program in NTNU, Recruiting More International Students

In 2019, NTNU keeps up the good work of internationalization. 18 projects were approved. It’s expected that more outstanding international student would come to NTNU and study here.

QBS of Kyushu University Visits Back to NTNU

Prof. Isao Murafuji from the School of Economics, Kyushu University led a team of 17 students from Kyushu University Business School, QBS to NTNU for a visit on December 17th. This is the second meeting from the Business School fo Kyushu and EMBA, NTNU since the bond was made last October.

NTNU Student Comes Second in Roma International Piano Competition

Lin Dong Yi, a music major at class 2021 at the National Taiwan Normal University, won the second place in the 29th Roma International Piano Competition. Among 108 pianists from 20 countries on four continents, Lin won the heart of the judges with his exquisite piano skills and varied timbre. Teachers and students of the music department are all happy about this great news.