Student engagement: meanings, approaches and ideas for educators interested in ICT

K C Li
The Open University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China

Fu Lee Wang
Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Hong Kong SAR, China

This paper attempts to offer a brief review of literature on the construct of student engagement. It summarizes key aspects of how student engagement has been interpreted and researched. It explains how the construct has been anatomised into components of academic, behavioural, emotional and cognitive engagement. By delineating the relationship between engagement and learning outcomes as well as environmental and student factors in play, it outlines the versatility and value of the construct. It also highlights the niche role of information and communication technology in facilitating and enhancing student engagement.