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Walsh (Tech) Solutions Ltd

Educational Software


L3cture is an educational/academic group response software. It is a method for students to anonymously answer questions set by their lecturers with their personal devices. The questions can be posed either during a lecture, to review understanding of the material taught in that specific class or as a plenary tool assess understanding of material outside of the classroom. Statistics are gathered and can be reviewed by lecturers and students at anytime, allowing the lecturer to confirm/correct the students' understanding of the current topic. Students can also retake any questions, or revise certain topics, allowing them to track their academic progress throughout their time at university.

What prompted you to develop it?

While attending university I realised both my peers and I were more likely to attend lectures that were engaging, interactive or taught by enthusiastic lecturers. Given that nearly everyone has a mobile device, it became apparent that through an interactive app in lectures I could achieve a high level of attendance while also increasing students' understanding of the topic. 

In fact, while researching the benefits of group response I came across a paper by Dr Eric Mazur called "Peer Instruction", which showed a statistically relevant increase in students marks when students were encouraged to interact with the lecturer and each other. Given that an increase in marks is not only motivational for any student, but also an indicator of better understanding, Mazur's paper concreted the idea in my mind.

Is it in production or use?

Yes, it has just finished its first full academic year in use by the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield, with interest coming from other universities and departments.

Who inspires you?

My family inspire me. My dad started a business, Brainboxes Ltd, in 1984 in the back room of our old house when he was married with two young children (my siblings); my mum showed tremendous belief by giving up her job as a midwife to be a integral part of Brainboxes. The fact that the company is still going strong 30+ years later, now based in Speke Liverpool, with my older brother at the helm is a big inspiration for me.

What do you hope to achieve in developing this innovation?

More than anything, L3cture is a teaching help, which harnesses the affinity students have with technology as a way to assist them with their university experience.


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Date of Application

May 2017