Development of Theoretical Framework to Enhance Student Engagement among Undergraduate Students


Hamidani, Khadija and Neo, Tse Kian and Perumal, Vimala (2022) Development of Theoretical Framework to Enhance Student Engagement among Undergraduate Students. In: Creative Multimedia Postgraduate Research Colloquium, 14 July 2022, Multimedia University, Malaysia.

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In higher education, high quality teaching and learning has a defining characteristic of high student engagement as it impacts various stakeholders across different contexts of teaching and learning. The lack of student engagement among higher education learners is quite evident due to the use of passive teaching and learning approaches in many classrooms. Students are not motivated to take charge of their own learning, lack persistence, avoid deeper processing of information, do not actively participate in classroom, are not immersed and do not show affective interest in the learning process. This often results in low self-esteem, poor attitude at future workplace and mostly under achievement in their fields and future careers. Constructivist learning approaches like Experiential Learning provides enriching experience to the learners to enhance their engagement levels by engaging them creatively, intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. The three main dimensions of student engagement include emotional engagement, behavioral engagement, and cognitive engagement. A learner is actively engaged throughout the process of experiential learning as it stimulates their cognitive, behavioral and emotional processes to think, reflect and act respectively by actively investigating, reflecting, conceptualizing and experimenting. The overall student engagement is enhanced as the process of experiential learning enables them to question, reflect, solve problems, improves their self-accountability, innovate new ideas and construct knowledge through meaningful interaction with peers, materials, and facilitators. Students are placed in project-based learning environment to enhance their student engagement through the process of experiential learning. Acting as a vehicle for experiential learning, PjBL allows learners to explore real world as well as immersive simulated environments through hands-on activities, and actively stimulates students’ engagement levels all the while broadening and visualizing the theoretical concepts through practical application. Experiential learning experience through project-based learning engages learners to solve complex authentic problems and develop new skills. The purpose of this mixed method research will be to formulate a framework to facilitate educators in promoting experiential learning approach in a project-based learning environment in aims to augment student engagement of learners enrolled in a creative content development course at a private university in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Theoretical framework, Experiential learning, Project-based learning environment
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1060 Learning
Divisions: Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2022 05:27
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 05:27


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