A conceptual framework to enhance student online learning and engagement in higher education

Brown, Alice ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0306-729X and Lawrence, Jill ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4163-8698 and Basson, Marita ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9731-1128 and Redmond, Petrea ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9674-1206 (2020) A conceptual framework to enhance student online learning and engagement in higher education. Higher Education Research and Development. ISSN 0729-4360


Abstract

Student engagement is consistently identified as a key predictor of learner outcomes within the online learning environment. However, there is limited guidance about using proactive strategies to improve engagement for low and non-engaged students: for example by specifically employing course learning analytics (CLA) and nudging strategies in courses to assist these students. To explore how CLA and nudging can be used more effectively to engage students, the authors were informed by a 12-month research project, as well as by the theoretical perspectives presented by communication and critical literacies. These perspectives were applied to develop a conceptual framework which the authors designed to prioritise expectation management and engagement principles for both students and academics. The article explains the development of the framework as well as the elements and key communication strategies it embodies. The framework contributes to practice by explaining and justifying the accessible, time-efficient, student-focused approaches that can be integrated simply into each course’s online learning pedagogy to support both academics’ and students’ engagement.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 28 December 2020. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2021 05:12
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 04:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; engagement; conceptual framework; online learning; course learning analytics
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1860912
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43438

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