Facilitating Student Engagement in Higher Education Through Educational Technology: A Narrative Systematic Review in the Field of Education
Melissa Bond, University College London, United Kingdom ; Svenja Bedenlier, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany ; Katja Buntins, Michael Kerres, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany ; Olaf Zawacki-Richter, University of Oldenburg, Germany
CITE Journal Volume 20, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
Developing, sustaining, and improving student engagement is of vital importance to higher education instructors. Educational technology has been linked to student engagement, and preservice and in-service teachers need to develop information communication and technology (ICT) skills and knowledge to apply them in the classroom as well as to develop ICT skills in students. Thus, further investigation of this link in the field of education is needed. This narrative systematic review is a synthesis of 42 peer-reviewed articles from across four international databases, published between 2007-2016 and is a subset of a larger systematic review. The results indicate that the majority of research has been undertaken within undergraduate preservice teacher education, predominantly in the US, Hong Kong, and the UK, with limited attention given to grounding research in theory. This review found educational technology supports student engagement, with behavioral and affective being the most prevalent dimensions. Social networking tools (SNT), knowledge organization and sharing tools, text-based tools, and website creation tools were the most effective at promoting engagement. However, caution is needed when employing SNT and assessment tools, as they were also more likely to lead to disengagement. Further research is needed on how educational technology affects disengagement, how tools are used in online teacher education programs, and how to effectively integrate SNT in education programs.
Bond, M., Bedenlier, S., Buntins, K., Kerres, M. & Zawacki-Richter, O. (2020). Facilitating Student Engagement in Higher Education Through Educational Technology: A Narrative Systematic Review in the Field of Education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 20(2), 315-368. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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