Testing the novelty effect of an m-learning tool on internalization and achievement: A Self-Determination Theory approach

Lucas Jeno, Vigdis Vandvik, Sigrunn Eliassen, John-Arvid Grytnes from bioCEED and BIO have recently published the article “Testing the novelty effect of an m-learning tool on internalization and achievement: A Self-Determination Theory approach.”

Abstract

Perceived novelty in mobile applications is an inevitable aspect of today’s technologies. Studies suggest that this perceived novelty effect increases motivation but wanes once the user becomes accustomed to the product. Using a Self-Determination Theory approach, the present study investigates how different tools relate to students’ motivation, basic psychological needs, and achievement, over and above the effect of perceived novelty. The results from a randomized controlled experiment show that a mobile-learning tool and a digital version of a textbook are perceived as more novel than a traditional textbook. However, only the mobile-learning tool enhances the students’ basic psychological needs. Additionally, using path-analysis, we find that the mobile-learning tool, need-satisfaction within the mobile-learning tool, and autonomous motivation account for achievement and internalization, over and above the effect of novelty. We argue that this finding is due to the inherent need-supportive elements within the mobile-learning tool that satisfy the basic psychological needs.

Reference and link to the article

Jeno L.M., Vandvik V., Eliassen S. & Grytnes J.-A., Testing the novelty effect of an m-learning tool on internalization and achievement: A Self-Determination Theory approach,
Computers & Education (2018), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2018.10.008

 

About the author

Lucas M. Jeno : PhD

Lucas M. Jeno

PhD

 
I am a researcher responsible of investigating teaching and learning related issues at bioCEED. My main interest is on student learning and motivation, and how teachers motivate their students.

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