Using mobile technology to facilitate formative assessment and support learning in apprenticeship programmes

Richie Ryan, Gina Noonan, Eddie McElheron


Regular formative assessments can encourage students to spread learning effort throughout entire programmes and afford more feedback opportunities to tutors (Gibbs and Simpson, 2004; Nicol and Macfarlane?Dick, 2006), while the proliferation of smart mobile phones has contributed to an increasing trend for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) activities in higher education (Johnson et al., 2015; Merga, 2016; Sundgren, 2017).

As students take more responsibility for their own learning, technology has a greater role to play in facilitating and supporting solutions that can provide more flexible learning opportunities. Quizlet - one such technology, is a web-enabled mobile learning application that repurposes study-sets for use in any of its eight different quiz modes. For a relatively modest time-investment by the tutor, students are provided with a re-usable, interactive, mobile learning resource that can be personalised to suit specific learning needs.

This technology review focuses on Quizlet and our experience of using it to increase levels of student engagement and improve learning outcomes in craft apprenticeship programmes.


Formative Assessment; Technology Enhanced Learning; Quizlet

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