As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, education has had to be flexible and transition from in school learning, to online learning during the lockdown periods. Therefore, it is in the interest of teachers to investigate what happens to engagement in online learning when a reward system is introduced. Education Scotland concur with this and highlight that, “The increased use of digital technologies has led to changes in the way teachers engage with learners and parents.” (2021, pg.7).
When our group initially met to discuss which element of online learning we wished to investigate, we quickly concluded that pupil engagement was at the forefront of priorities for schools in regards to online learning.
Dylan Wiliam explains that, “The primary purpose of educational research is the improvement of education” and, “The purpose of education is the improvement of student achievement” (2005, pg. 1). Pupil engagement is vital to the success of education, whether it be face-to-face, or online learning. When pupils cannot be in the school environment it is vital that engagement be addressed. Therefore, the aim of this enquiry is to investigate what happens to engagement in online learning when a reward system is introduced.