Investigating the Relation between Student Engagement and Attainment in a Flexible Learning Environment

Y Bi, Terry Anderson, M Huang

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The use of technology is increasingly adopted to support flexible learning in Higher Education institutions. The adoption of more sophisticated technologies offers a broad range of facilities for communication and resource sharing, thereby creating a flexible learning environment that facilitates and even encourages students not to physically attend classes. However this emerging trend seems to contradict class attendance requirements within universities, inevitably leading to a dilemma between amending traditional regulations and creating new policies for the higher education institutions. This study presents an investigation into student engagement in a technology enhanced/driven flexible environment along with its relationship to attainment. We propose an approach to modelling engagement from different perspectives in terms of indicators and then consider what impact these indicators have on student academic performance. We have carried out a case study on the relation between attendance and attainment in a flexible environment. Although our preliminary results show attendance is quantitatively correlated with successful student development and learning outcomes, our results also indicate there is a cohort that did not follow such a pattern. Nevertheless the preliminary results could provide an insight into pilot studies in the wider deployment of new
technology to support flexible learning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)1823-1827
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Scholarly and Scientific Research & Innovation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Jul 2013


  • Engagemen
  • flexible leaning
  • attendance and attainment


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