Student Engagement in Math Blended Learning Study
Increasingly, schools across the United States are using innovative educational technologies to increase students’ learning. However, there is still a lot to learn about these tools and their impact on teaching and learning in the classroom. For example, what is it about the digital tool or how teachers and students use it that drives student engagement and learning? Is it possible to develop learning tools that can create a more tailored learning experience for students?
To answer these questions, AIR is conducting a study to better understand student engagement and learning when math instruction combines teacher-directed instruction and a digital learning tool called LearnBop.
What is LearnBop?
LearnBop is a web-based math learning tool for Grades K-12 that is aligned with many states' standards, including the Common Core State Standards. LearnBop:
- Is designed to increase math knowledge by offering step-by-step help in areas where a student may be struggling;
- Gauges each student’s mastery level and adaptively suggests problems to remediate gaps in skills; and
- Allows teachers to track the progress of each student using the teacher dashboard, assign additional problems, and form small groups based on recommendations from LearnBop.
What is the study examining?
The study is designed to accomplish the following:
- To identify which behaviors in an online mathematics learning environment are associated with behavioral and affective engagement states, build automated detectors of engagement based on these associations, and understand how these detectors of engagement relate to measures of learning;
- To examine the relationship between student engagement and malleable system features and classroom implementation factors; and
- To examine relationships among (non-malleable) contextual factors, malleable system factors, malleable implementation factors, student engagement, and student learning.