Designing Smart Apps to Enhance Learners’ Engagement in Online Learning

  • Xiangyang Zhang
  • Shu-Chiu Hung
  • Linda Zhang
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In China nowadays, the majority of online learning students are digital natives, and there also exist many digital migrants, including middle-aged and retired professionals and senior citizens. This paper addresses the concept and context of current online learning in Ming Chuan University (MU); and, after a survey of learners’ needs, it discusses the design of the apps for smart learning to enhance students’ engagement with online learning. It also discusses MU’s smart apps and the potential benefits of adopting this new alternative route to the learning platform, with an expectation of more engagement with learning activities, learners’ satisfaction and versatility.


Smart apps Online learning Moodle Mobile learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiangyang Zhang
    • 1
  • Shu-Chiu Hung
    • 2
  • Linda Zhang
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Open and Distance LearningThe Open University of JiangsuNanjingChina
  2. 2.Department of Applied EnglishMingchuan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Max Planck Institute for Intelligent SystemsStuttgartGermany

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