Do Learning Technologies enhance student engagment

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The purpose of this paper is to present the key findings of a pilot study evaluating the application of the innovative Mobile Learning App (MLA) that uses iOS/ Android phones to interact with Turningpoint (TP) learning technologies. Turningpoint technology (TP) is a voting system that engages students in the learning process by creating interactive presentations. Students interact with the presentation by responding to questions, embedded in the presentation, using either a handheld polling device or a Mobile Learning App (MLA). The pilot study considered the effectiveness of the MLA on the learner experience. Specifically the study was designed to test the theories that learning technologies enhance student engagement. Furthermore this study considered if students were more engaged using the App than with the traditional Turningpoint handsets. An electronic questionnaire was issued and the results suggest that the students found both the App and handsets engaging, motivational and supportive. The paper concludes by considering the salient factors that create an improvement in the process of students as partners and the wider implications for the academic community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherCentre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 24 Jan 2014
EventUlster University CHERP conference 2014 - Jordanstown
Duration: 24 Jan 2014 → …


ConferenceUlster University CHERP conference 2014
Period24/01/14 → …


  • learning technologies
  • student engagement


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