Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Txtsys ehand - text messaging service for audience polls

From textually org comes news of ehand from txtsys, a local Christchurch company. The company provides a service which allows customers to text feedback / comments back to hospitality / retail providers. Obviously also useful for feedback from lecture / conference audiences.

Audience / users pay the usual cost of a text message and the company pays txtsys $65 a month for the service. So probably cost effective only for programmes with large numbers of students. Otherwise for small numbers (up to 30 text) poll anywhere provides opportunity for anonymous feedback from audiences/students. Twitter is the other tool which has similar use. All of these put the cost of messaging back on to the user.  Whereas the other technology used for this sort of approach, clickers etc. transfers all costs to the organiser / provider.

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