UniDoodle: A Multi-Platform Smart Device Student Response System – Evaluated in an Engineering Mathematics Classroom

Seamus McLoone, Christine Kelly, Conor Brennan, Caitriona NiShe


Most of the existing student response systems, such as clickers, have limited input capabilities, typically only offering students a multiple-choice selection. In some instances, students can input a numerical or textual response. However, mathematical equations, diagrams, etc. are all beyond the capabilities of such systems. This paper proposes and presents a novel multi-platform smart device-based student response system, called UniDoodle, that allows for a more generic and flexible input. This system consists of a student application that allows for freeform input through sketching capabilities, a lecturer application that allows easy viewing of multiple sketch-based responses and a cloud-based service for co-ordinating between these two applications. In essence, students can now respond to a question posed by the lecturer using sketches and, hence, mathematical equations, circuit diagrams, graphs, etc. are all possible on the UniDoodle system. In addition, the lecturer can now gain a richer and more useful insight to the students’ understanding of the relevant material. This paper also evaluates the UniDoodle system in a large class of first year Engineering Mathematics students. Details of the UniDoodle system, the evaluation process and the feedback obtained are all presented within.


student response systems; classroom response systems; formative assessment; technology in the classroom.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/msor.v15i3.433


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