Using the Adventure Learning Framework to Design for Engagement and Community Building
Abstract: This paper investigates the experiences of elementary school children with My Great State, an online learning environment constructed using the adventure learning framework. Through surveys, interviews, direct observation, and focus groups, data was gathered as students explored the My Great State site, completed associated inquiry-based activities, and then collaboratively generated a blog about their community. The results indicate that the adventure learning framework is an effective tool for designing and developing a learning environment that actively engages learners, stimulates a desire to learn, and encourages collaborative and creative problem solving. The study also revealed methods and tools teachers can incorporate in the classroom to help keep students on task and excited about learning.