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Enhancing Learners’ Engagement with Educational Apps

Narayan, Sumesh and Mamun, Kabir and Raturi, Shikha (2021) Enhancing Learners’ Engagement with Educational Apps. In: Learning Technologies and Higher Education: A Pacific Prespective. USP Press, Suva, Fiji. ISBN 978-982-01-1001-4

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Technology-enabled learning environment provides increased opportunities for enhancing learners’ engagement, interaction and collaboration. With the advent of technology, educational applications (apps) have become popular in learning, teaching, and research at all levels of education. Learning through the use of apps is therefore gaining momentum as it affords flexible learning opportunities, coupled with 21st century learning paradigm. The nature of educational apps is varied, be it an app downloadable on a mobile device or customized apps, designed to provide bite sized information or a learning activity based on learning design. The core function of these apps remain the same, which is to provide learners an engaging and meaningful interaction with content and interface such that it enhances not only the learning experience but also success in learning. In short, apps are designed to enhance learning efficiency and effectiveness. The use of apps, from early childhood education through to higher education, provides continuous opportunities to enhance learners’ engagement with learning materials (Diliberto-Macaluso, & Hughes, 2016; Hirsh-Pasek, Zosh, Golinkoff, Gray, Robb, & Kaufman, 2015; Pechenkina, Laurence, Oates, Eldridge, & Hunter, 2017), however there is a need for more research in this area (Hirsh-Pasek et al, 2015; Pechenkina et al, 2017). Hamari, Koivisto, and Sarsa (2014) reported that integration of gamified elements into apps has the potential to engage students and motivate them in a way that it can in turn affect other factors, which influence the learning process.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE)
School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics (STEMP)
Depositing User: Kabir Mamun
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 22:40
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 22:40

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