Smartpens for Listening Comprehension

In Fall 2014, we conducted a research study in which smartpens (Livescribe Echo) were checked out to 5 international students in their first term at WOU. Students used the pens to record lectures in academic courses (with instructors’ permission), and sync the digital recordings to their handwritten notes, all of which were downloadable. The research attempted to determine whether or not this new technology leads to increased listening proficiency and academic success in English Language Learners who are enrolled in university coursework.