New adventure learning pub from Doering & Henrickson in Journal of Interactive Learning Research

The Journal of Interactive Learning Research has published a study by Dr. Aaron Doering and LT PhD candidate Jeni Henrickson titled “Adventure Learning and Learner-Engagement: Frameworks for Designers and Educators.” The study’s goal was to identify why and how specific elements of an AL environment might spur learner engagement. Data were gathered via surveys, interviews, direct observation, and focus groups as 123 elementary students and 3 teachers explored and collaborated within a newly designed AL environment. Findings indicated that varied pedagogical strategies and technologies embedded in the AL framework kept students engaged and willing to share their newly acquired knowledge, while synched learning opportunities focused student learning on targeted objectives. The AL environment also generated formative assessment possibilities, and offered a means to incorporate mobile and other emerging technologies into future learning environments.