Technology enhanced learning in higher education; motivations, engagement and academic achievement

Dunn, T.J. and Kennedy, M. (2019) Technology enhanced learning in higher education; motivations, engagement and academic achievement. Computers & Education, 137. pp. 104-137. ISSN 0360-1315

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Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) has become a common feature of Higher Education. However, research has been hindered by a lack of differentiation between usage and engagement and not recognising the heterogeneity of TEL applications. The current study aimed to assess the impact of emotional, cognitive and behavioural engagement with TEL on students’ grades and to also look at how motivation levels differentially predict engagement across different types of TEL. In a sample of 524 undergraduate students, we measured engagement and usage of TEL, student learning motivations and self-report student grades. Our results indicate that intrinsic motivations predict engagement, whilst extrinsic motivations predict usage. Importantly, engagement was predictive of grades whereas usage was not. Furthermore, when TEL was broken down by type, the use of social media groups was a significant predictor of grade, whereas reviewing lecture slides/ recordings, reading additional content and using course blogs/ discussion boards were not. We conclude that a sole focus on usage of TEL is misleading. Implications for researchers and educators are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Dr Thomas Dunn
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 13:43
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 02:40

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