As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, digital learning replaced in person learning after the Christmas 2020 break. In these difficult times, it is of vital importance that pupils continue to engage with the work they are assigned. Ensuring this allows young people to continue to develop their understanding during the second national lockdown and also will ease their return as schools reopen in the future.
There is a large amount of discussion and disagreement as to what engagement is. According to Chapman (2003), engagement is the “willingness (of students) to participate in routine school activities, such as attending class, submitting required work and following teachers’ directions in class”. It is worth noting that engagement is commonly viewed as a construct with three dimensions: behavioural (focused on participation in academic and social activities), emotional (positive and negative reactions to teachers, classmates and wider school) and cognitive (level of investment in learning) (Fredricks, Blumenfeld and Paris, 2004). Due to the limitations arising from the digital environment, this enquiry focused on participation in online meetings and submissions of assignments as a measure of engagement.
A digital quiz was chosen as a means of affecting engagement after considering activities that can be completed online and are flexible, allowing students to participate at a time that works best for them (Scottish Government 2021).
The primary aim of this enquiry was to examine the impact of a digital quiz on assignment submission numbers during the period of online learning resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.