How to trigger students’ interest in digital learning environments: A systematic literature review

  • Liping Sun University of Lapland
  • Pirkko Siklander University of Oulu
  • Heli Ruokamo University of Lapland
Keywords: trigger, interest, learning environments, digital technologies, systematic literature review (SRL)


The digital revolution and globalization have a deep influence on education at all levels. Various digital devices do not only provide students’ Internet connections, but also create more opportunities for them to get inspired, motivated, and engaged in learning activities. Recent research shows that triggering interest can enhance students’ self-regulation, collaboration, problem-solving, and joy of learning. Previous studies show that the pedagogical use of information and communication technology (ICT) can support student-centered and collaborative learning, and develop thinking skills and creativity. However, little is known about the relevance of digital technologies for triggering interest. The aim of this study is to review existing literature in the field of the learning sciences, and provide answers for the following two research questions: 1) Which factors trigger students’ interest in ICT-based learning environments? 2) Which methods have been used for exploring triggers? The systematic literature review (SLR) methodology will be used in this study. The results will be used for developing new research for exploring triggers that can awaken students’ interest in learning. The findings will be useful for researchers and teachers to discover appropriate methods and approaches in successful integration of ICT in learning environments and the teaching process.

How to Cite
Sun, L., Siklander, P., & Ruokamo, H. (2018). How to trigger students’ interest in digital learning environments: A systematic literature review. Seminar.Net, 14(1), 62-84. Retrieved from