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AnswerPro: Designing to Motivate Interaction

AlSugair, Balsam; Hopkins, Gail; FitzGerald, Elizabeth and Brailsford, Tim (2014). AnswerPro: Designing to Motivate Interaction. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 6(4) pp. 22–38.

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This paper describes the design and initial testing of AnswerPro, a mobile academic peer support system for school pupils aged 11-16 years. AnswerPro is a mobile optimised web application that enables pupils to seek support with school work from knowledgeable peers on various subjects. This paper presents research findings from the project, and in particular, details the design elements embedded within AnswerPro that are based upon teacher and pupil interviews examining motivation, and also from research into academic motivation. A pilot study was conducted with 7 school pupils over 3 weeks. Participants then engaged in a focus group, which discussed their experience using AnswerPro and the motivational elements embedded within it. Our findings highlighted some problems with the embedded motivational features. These findings have resulted in potential solutions for the next version of AnswerPro and design implications for practitioners intending to embed motivational elements in their own mobile learning tools.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014, IGI Global
ISSN: 1941-8655
Extra Information: This is an extended paper for journal publication, from an earlier conference paper of the same title.
Keywords: motivation; peer learning; peer support; design
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 40885
Depositing User: Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2014 09:49
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2019 05:29
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