International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments
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International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments (3 papers in press)
Designing an engaging asynchronous learning environment for lower secondary students by Hemangi Ahire Abstract: The study aims to identify useful strategies to be incorporated in designing a learning environment to engage students in the asynchronous learning environment. The study would be carried out with a design-based research approach and would be conducted in a secondary one classroom with 80 students and their teachers. The students would be continuing with the asynchronous learning for a year (four terms). At the end of the fourth term, interviews would be conducted with the students and teachers and they would be asked to fill out the feedback forms. The findings of this study would contribute to a better understanding of how students can be engaged in an asynchronous learning environment, and provide recommendations on designing an effective asynchronous learning environment. Keywords: synchronous learning; asynchronous learning; engagement; guiding principles; education design research. DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2023.10047878
Designing an Asynchronous Learning Environment to Foster Students Critical Thinking in Physics by Yee Ping Chia Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate the design of an asynchronous learning environment that can foster critical thinking (CT) in secondary students taking the Physics subject. Based on findings from the literature review, the paper proposes four key design principles that can promote students CT in an asynchronous learning environment. These factors are namely design of learning tasks, supporting thinking processes, facilitating productive discussions, and an environment that fosters collaborative and cohesion. A proposed research process for implementing the design of the learning environment is also outlined in the paper. Keywords: asynchronous learning environment; critical thinking; physics. DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2023.10047089
Designing and improving a virtual learning environment in geography education by Zongran Wang Abstract: The geography in K-12 education requires students abilities of imagination and exploration. The traditional teaching methods fail to provide multiple dimensions of the geography learning experience for students. The transformation of information and communication technologies (ICT) brings more potential for geography learning. This proposal aims to explore design principles for a virtual geography learning environment based on real teaching situations. The researcher will identify the pedagogical, social, and technical design principles from literature, and the design-based research will be the potential methods to design the virtual learning environment. Samples are secondary school students, and the study will experience several rounds to improve the design. Keywords: design-based research; geography learning; K-12 education; immersive learning experience; virtual reality. DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2023.10048446