"Hotseat" allows Purdue students to engage with profs digitally in real time

November 6, 2009

At Indiana-based Purdue University, a social networking-powered mobile Web application called "Hotseat" allows students to provide near real-time feedback during class. Using Facebook, Twitter, and Internet-enabled cell phones, students can post comments and online questions while professors deliver their lectures. Students can vote on posted messages, pushing collective questions to the top of the instructor's agenda. The program is being tested in 2 Purdue courses, and the university plans to roll Hotseat out in all of its classrooms at the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year. Toronto Star | Hotseat