Mobile-based assessment: towards a motivational framework

Stavros A. Nikou, Anastasios A. Economides

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Mobile-based Assessment (MBA) is a relatively new delivery mode of assessment. MBA not only offers an alternative to web-based tests and quizzes that can be answered anytime and anywhere but it also introduces a new assessment paradigm offering adaptive, personalized, context-aware and ubiquitous assessment activities embedded in learning flow. However, for an effective use of MBA, instructional designers and educators need to be aware of its underpinning motivational dimensions and concepts. The current study proposes MBAMF, a Mobile-Based Assessment Motivational Framework based on the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of Motivation. The framework aims to connect the basic SDT constructs with features offered by mobile-based assessment. For a preliminary evaluation of the model, a pilot study with 47 medical students in a near-patients clinical training environment was conducted. The study provides empirical evidence that fits into the proposed framework. Mobile-assisted assessment can effectively support the three basic psychological needs of SDT, namely perceived autonomy, competence and relatedness. The current work provides a foundation for further elaboration towards a more comprehensive motivational framework for mobile-based assessment. Implications are discussed. © 2017 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2017
Event8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 25 Apr 201728 Apr 2017


Conference8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017


  • mobile-based assessment
  • motivation
  • self-determnation theory
  • education computing
  • engineering education
  • assessment activities
  • clinical training
  • instructional designer
  • medical students
  • psychological needs
  • self-determination theories
  • education


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