Using persuasive system design principles to evaluate two next generation digital learning environments

Christopher Cheong, Justin Filippou, France Cheong, Johanna Pirker, Christian Gütl*

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The landscape of higher education is shifting as the expectations of modern students move towards increased integration of digital technology in their learning environments. As such, there is a strong need for Next Generation Digital Learning Environments (NGDLEs). Two examples of NGDLEs are Motivational Active Learning (MAL) and Task-Test-Monitor (TTM). Each was designed with a foundation of established learning theories. For these systems to be effective in improving student motivation and engagement however, they need to be persuasive. In this study, we evaluate the inherent persuasion of these two NGDLEs using the Persuasive Systems Design framework. The results show that MAL features more persuasive system characteristics than TTM. However, both are likely to persuade students. MAL’s use of gamification adds a considerable amount of persuasiveness by leveraging social support, and provided justification for future NGDLEs to follow a similar path. This could lead to improvements in the design of e-learning systems in general.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive Collaborative Learning - Proceedings of the 19th ICL Conference - Volume 2
EditorsMichael E. Auer, James Uhomoibhi, David Guralnick
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319503394
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event19th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning: ICL 2016 - Clayton Hotel, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Sept 201623 Sept 2016
Conference number: 19

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Conference19th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning
Abbreviated titleICL2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Gamification
  • Learning
  • Motivation
  • Persuasive systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)


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