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How can messaging apps, WhatsApp and SMS be used to support learning?: A scoping review

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/09/2023
<mark>Journal</mark>Technology, Pedagogy and Education
Issue number3
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)275-288
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date25/04/23
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In response to disruption to education during the COVID-19 pandemic, mobile phone-based messaging has emerged in some instances as an accessible, low-connectivity way of promoting interactivity. However, no recent reviews have been undertaken in relation to how social media and messaging apps can be used to effectively support education in low- and middle-income countries. In this scoping review, 43 documents were identified for inclusion, and three main thematic areas emerged: supporting student learning (including interacting with peers and other students, peer tutoring and collaborative learning; and interacting with teachers, through content delivery, teaching and assessment); teacher professional development (including structured support and prompts, and informal communities of practice); and supporting refugee education. The discussion and findings are both of practical use, to inform responses to the current pandemic and designing initiatives in the future, and will also be useful for advancing research in this expanding field.