"Using Facebook Messenger As A Light Touch Intervention To Support STEM Learning For Diverse Students"
PhD student Michael Leo will be presenting at the Center for Teacher Development and Professional Practice meeting on Thursday, February 21, in Room 2005. The title of his presentation is "Using Facebook Messenger As A Light Touch Intervention To Support STEM Learning For Diverse Students." Michael is a fourth year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT). His research interests include positive teacher-student relationships, positive developmental processes, and enhancing educational outcomes. He is advised by Associate Professor Penelope Collins.
The researchers developed a light-touch intervention that required lower levels of instructor effort so it could be easily implemented in the classroom. Due to the prevalence of mobile phone use, they elected to leverage the Facebook messenger app as the medium for a STEM intervention. The researchers implemented a between-group design. Students were randomly selected to join one of two Facebook messenger groups during the first class session, A or B. Each group received texts three times per week beginning the second week of class for a total of 27 texts. Group A received texts from the instructor specifically focused on one particular topic of the course content while Group B received different texts focused on another subject area in the course. Students were given freedom to interact and collaborated with each other within each group. Analysis of data from this study is currently ongoing.