Published October 31, 2019 | Version Published
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The Relationship Between Students' Engagement and the Development of Transactive Memory Systems in MUVE: An Experience Report

  • 1. Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA) Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 2. Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency Open University of Cyprus Nicosia, Cyprus


The use of educational Multi User Virtual Environments that provide synchronous interaction, interactive and social learning experiences have the potential to increase student engagement. Due to increased social and cognitive presence, the use of such environments can result in greater student engagement when compared to traditional asynchronous learning environments. In this work, we hypothesized that students’ engagement in collaborative learning activities will increase if Transactive Memory System constructs are present. Thus, we employed the theory of TMS that emphasizes the importance of Specialization, Coordination and Credibility between members in a team. The results show that there is a significant correlation between the development of TMS and students’ engagement.


This work has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 739578 and under Grant Agreement No 810105 and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development.



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CyCAT – Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency 810105
European Commission
RISE – Research Center on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies 739578
European Commission