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Sun, L. P., Siklander, P., & Ruokamo, H. (2018). How to trigger students’ interest in digital learning environments: A systematic literature review. Seminar.Net, 14(1), 62–84. Retrieved from

How to trigger students’ interest in digital learning environments : a systematic literature review

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Author: Sun, Liping P.1; Siklander, Pirkko2; Ruokamo, Heli1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Lapland
2Faculty of Education, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Lillehammer University College, 2018
Publish Date: 2021-03-25


The digital revolution and globalization have a deep influence on education at all levels. Various digital devices do not only provide students’ Internet connections, but also create more opportunities for them to get inspired, motivated, and engaged in learning activities. Recent research shows that triggering interest can enhance students’ self-regulation, collaboration, problem-solving, and joy of learning. Previous studies show that the pedagogical use of information and communication technology (ICT) can support student-centered and collaborative learning, and develop thinking skills and creativity. However, little is known about the relevance of digital technologies for triggering interest. The aim of this study is to review existing literature in the field of the learning sciences, and provide answers for the following two research questions: 1) Which factors trigger students’ interest in ICT-based learning environments? 2) Which methods have been used for exploring triggers? The systematic literature review (SLR) methodology will be used in this study. The results will be used for developing new research for exploring triggers that can awaken students’ interest in learning. The findings will be useful for researchers and teachers to discover appropriate methods and approaches in successful integration of ICT in learning environments and the teaching process.

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Series: International journal of media, technology & lifelong learning
ISSN: 1504-4831
ISSN-E: 1504-4831
ISSN-L: 1504-4831
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Pages: 62 - 84
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2018 Sun, Siklander & Ruokamo. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.